HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --ISOThrive LLC, developer of the world's first concentrated prebiotic soluble fiber derived through a natural fermentation process, today announced that research studies performed at the University of Georgia, Louisiana State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Center showed ISOThrive supplementation effectively reduced antibiotic-resistant salmonella in chickens by 99 percent.
Designed to feed the gut's beneficial bacteria to support digestive function and immune support, ISOThrive's prebiotic also acts as a natural, simple and inexpensive way to protect commercially raised chickens from key antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Beyond the human benefits its product provides, research was conducted to determine if its properties would help protect farm animals.
The threat is real: A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the routine use of antibiotics in food animals such as cows and chickens plays a major role in the development of drug-resistant bacteria. In fact, 80 percent of antibiotics manufactured in the U.S. are consumed by farm animals. Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die as a result of these infections.
Research shows significant decrease in salmonella: Research was conducted using young broiler chickens, comparing standard chicken feed with ISOThrive-supplemented feed. The results showed a significantly higher level of healthful gut bacteria and a reduction of antibiotic resistant salmonella by 99 percent in the chickens fed with ISOThrive.
Lowers costs and reduces risk of food recalls: Feed supplemented with ISOThrive could reduce the cost of antibiotic use and loss of livestock for farmers. Chicken processors could decrease the risk of recalls due to food-borne pathogens and cross-contamination while providing a safer environment for their workers.
Will Holloway, owner of Blue Leg Farms, said: "We know that natural, pasture-raised chickens rarely have pathogen infection problems. It's exciting to see a company like ISOThrive providing an antibiotic-free and natural solution that can help achieve similar results at an industrial scale."
Jack Oswald, ISOThrive CEO, said: "A greater awareness about the food supply is growing across America, and consumers are demanding cleaner, safer and more natural versions of their favorite foods. As a biotech company, we are interested in every application for our product that can improve health. This research demonstrates that ISOThrive prebiotic nectar is beneficial to chickens as well as humans. We are happy to be a link in that chain of nutrition awareness."
Peter Swann, M.D., chief medical officer, ISOThrive, said: "This research has shown that we may be able to protect commercially raised chickens from transmitting harmful pathogens, and especially antibiotic-resistant pathogens, into the food supply. There are numerous health and economic benefits that can result from these findings: healthier food, lower cost of production, reduced risk of food-borne pathogens and decreased risk of recalls that lead to food scarcity."
ISOThrive is an innovative biotech company producing the world's first concentrated prebiotic soluble fiber through natural fermentation. Created by a team of carbohydrate and microbiome experts, ISOThrive Prebiotic Nectar is an all-natural product designed to feed the microbiome – the food for the gut's good bacteria that is required for an overall healthy digestive system. ISOThrive is headquartered in Healdsburg, CA with a research lab in Prince William County, VA. For more information, visit www.ISOThrive.com.