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Solutions for a healthy food chain

"The next challenge of humanity is a massive proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacteria. With our solutions, we will demonstrate that we can produce food without the use of antibiotics, pesticides and chemicals," said Herve Balusson, Olmix's President and CEO.

Solutions to produce food without antibiotics, pesticides and chemicals were launched at Olmix's Breizh Algae Tour (BAT) 2015 held recently in Paris, France.

Based on algae, Olmix spends years to develop these solutions for the production of meat, milk, egg, fruits and vegetables, and even for treatment of diseases in humans.

"The next challenge of humanity is a massive proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacteria. With our solutions, we will demonstrate that we can produce food without the use of antibiotics, pesticides and chemicals," said Hervé Balusson, Olmix's President and CEO.

Based on 'One Health' concept, Olmix looks at health of humans, animals and plants as the same entity that is intricately related to each other.

"Human health and animal health are alike," said Prof Antoine Andremont, from the Faculty of Medicine Xavier-Bichat University Paris VII.

"It has been clear that antibiotic resistant bacteria of animal origin is causing serious human illness. This emphasises that we have to be more prudent in the use of antibiotics both in humans and animals," said Prof Andremont.

With a vision of Olmix’s founder Hervé Balusson in identifying algae as a renewable raw material with untapped potential, Olmix brings natural sources of nutrition and health to plants, animal and people for a complete food and health chain, said Danièle Marzin, Olmix's Marketing Director

This has led Olmix to develop solutions for plant care, animal care and human care that were launched during the BAT 2015.

For plant care, Olmix’s has Melspring, a division specialized in this area, to develop algae based products to help plants resistant against diseases, leading to a higher yield and quality of crops without resorting to pesticides.

For animal care, Olmix targets to reach ‘antibiotic free’ production, while improving farmer’s profit and animal’s well-being.

“This will not be achieved only by nutrition and even more with a single “miraculous” feed additive. Thanks to algae, Olmix offers a range of solutions to improve the hygiene of the animals, enhance their immune defenses, guarantee the digestive welfare, increase the digestive efficiency and fight mycotoxins”, she said.

To get optimal efficacy, Olmix engages the whole livestock chain as products are implemented by farmers (For Farm), veterinarians (For Vet) or the feed miller (For Feed).

Meanwhile, Olmix human care division develops sustainable algae based food additives to reduce the chemical ones. Research is also pending on potential pharmaceutical application of algae extracts.

To prove that these strategies work, Olmix collaborates with a feed manufacturer and a group of farmers in France to produce antibiotic-free chicken using the group’s range of products For Farm, For Feed and For Vet.

The participating farms grow the birds under conventional farming conditions using an intermediate growth strain. The birds are reared to 40 days of age.

Farming hygiene and feed programs were adapted to include products from For Feed (MFeed+ and MT.X+) and For Farm (Mistral) ranges.

In addition, innovative For Vet products distributed by drinking water (SeaLyt and Searup) were added during critical health periods (start phase and vaccination) to provide the farmer with complete control at these key moments for successful batch performance.

“The results were successful from an industry that used antibiotics on more than 50 percent of batches, we managed zero antibiotics (including medicinal antibiotics) on more than 95 percent of batches. The results were also noteworthy in terms of zootechnical performance, since there was no deterioration and even an improvement in certain indicators such as the age at which the chickens were removed for slaughtering,” said Dr Thomas Pavie, Director ‘One Health’ at Olmix Group.