Food borne illness affects considerable number of people worldwide and its intensity is rising at a rapid pace in the recent years. Government of various nations have made food safety as the public health priority and regulating the food value chain in terms of quality. Food industry has been pressurized by the government and food agencies regarding the food contamination which not only cause public health issues but also economic loss for the industry. Animal feed plays a key role in determining the livestock health, growth as well as animal extracts’ quality.Probiotics and prebiotics are feed additives
that improve the digestive efficiency of the livestock. In addition, they benefit the immune system. These additives contain the essential gut flora and beneficial bacteria which are responsible for maintaining appropriate amount of microbes in the digestive system. Manufacturers produce both bacillus and lactobacillus probiotic strains which are used for cattle, poultry, swine and ruminants. Though, there are many probiotics found; only few of them reduce the pathogen population in the livestock.
The assistance of probiotics in improving the beneficial bacterial population combating the harmful ones has been widely studied and accepted by the livestock industry. These beneficial microbials reduces the risk for meat contamination with pathogens like E.Coli and Salmonella. The number of E.Coli outbreaks has been in rise in the recent years with the increasing intensified livestock farming and rising meat consumption. E.coli has been one of the important causes of food illness in developed nations. In a recent case related to ground beef around 1.8 million pounds of meat was recalled by the Food safety and inspection service of U.S. in 2014. It is estimated that E.coli results in over 2,100 hospitalizations each year. With constant pressure from health institutes, food restaurant chains and consumer groups; livestock industry has increasingly preferred the use of prebiotics and probiotics as a feed additive which drives its global market to reach $394.4m by 2020 at a CAGR of 10.6%.
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