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Ganeden Biotech takes next step: Probiotics for livestock feed

Ganeden Biotech Inc. has taken another step in its mission to get Americans to eat healthy — launch its patented probiotic as an additive for livestock feed.

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Ganeden Biotech Inc. has taken another step in its mission to get Americans to eat healthy by launching its patented probiotic as an additive for livestock feed.

Founded in 1997, Ganeden has been packaging its “good bacteria” in the form of dietary supplement capsules for more than a decade.

Probiotics are live microorganisms containing bacteria or yeasts that can make people who take them healthier. Some believers say probiotics improve their digestion, boost their immunity and even enable them to digest dairy foods.

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Last year, Ganeden began selling its probiotic – particularly hearty strains of  Bacillus coagulans — as a food ingredient for humans. GanedenBC30 is added to foods from yogurt to energy bars to ice cream.

Now, the company is repackaging its bacteria yet again and selling it as ProGan, an additive for livestock feed. The thinking is the probiotic will promote health and digestion of livestock so that farmers won’t use antibiotics or other synthetic substances to keep their animals healthy.

Antibiotics are fed to some livestock to keep them healthy and promote growth. However, some scientists say that eating food like pork from animals that were fed antibiotics is destroying the effectiveness of the bacteria-fighting medicines as well as polluting the environment.

Ganeden has established recommended ProGan feeding rates for cattle (36 grams per day), pigs (5.5 grams per day) and chickens (1 gram per day). The product, which comes in pellet form, is sold directly by Ganeden in 50-pound bags or in bulk quantities.

“We’re excited to enter the farming and livestock production industry with ProGan,” said Andy Lefkowitz, Ganeden’s chief executive, in a written statement. “This innovative product provides farmers and ranchers with a natural and effective way to improve livestock health and positively influence feed conversion without the use of antibiotics.”