BASF and Balchem Corporation (NASDAQ:BCPC) introduced Amasil® formic acid, now approved for use by swine producers in the United States, at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa.
Amasil has been successfully incorporated into swine diets around the world and is considered the most potent organic acid for feed acidification. By lowering the feed pH, Amasil creates a less favorable environment for bacteria, which reduces feed-borne pathogen populations and decreases the pig's microbial intake. A reduction in pH also lowers the buffering capacity, which can improve the efficacy of many digestive enzymes and lead to improved feed efficiency and growth. With the highest molecular density of any organic acid approved for feed acidification in the U.S., Amasil provides a best in class value for consumer-responsive feed safety solutions.
"Amasil has been an important addition to swine diets in Europe for many years," said Christian Nitschke, BASF Regional Head, Animal Nutrition North America. "Recent trials in the U.S. demonstrate that Amasil can be a vital tool in the nursery through finishing stages of swine production. Together with Balchem, we now deliver the benefits of Amasil to pork producers throughout North America."
"As we move toward the many changes coming to the industry in 2017, Balchem is proud to add Amasil to our product line-up," notes Tom Powell, Director of Monogastrics, Balchem Animal Nutrition & Health. "Through research-proven feed hygiene improvements and efficiency benefits at all life stages, we are confident the industry will see significant performance improvements while continuing to meet consumer demands for a safe and affordable food supply."
Amasil formic acid is the first product offered from this collaboration announced in early May.
About Balchem Corporation
Balchem Corporation (NASDAQ: BCPC)consists of four business segments: Human Nutrition & Health (formerly SensoryEffects); Animal Nutrition & Health; Specialty Products; and Industrial Products. The Human Nutrition & Health segment delivers customized food and beverage ingredient systems, as well as key nutrients into a variety of applications across the food, supplement and pharmaceutical industries. The Animal Nutrition & Health segment manufactures and supplies products to numerous animal health markets. Through Specialty Products, Balchem provides specialty-packaged chemicals for use in healthcare and other industries, and also provides chelated minerals to the micronutrient agricultural market. The Industrial Products segment manufactures and supplies certain derivative products into industrial applications. For more information, visit www.balchem.com.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.4 billion in 2015. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit www.basf.us.