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Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 74  |  Issue: 14  |  Page No.: 4564 - 4566

Therapeutic Supplementation of Caprylic Acid in Feed Reduces Campylobacter jejuni Colonization in Broiler Chicks

F. Solis de los Santos, A. M. Donoghue, K. Venkitanarayanan, I. Reyes-Herrera, J. H. Metcalf, M. L. Dirain, V. F. Aguiar, P. J. Blore and D. J. Donoghue    

Abstract: Poultry colonized with Campylobacter species are a significant source of human food-borne illness. The therapeutic use of the medium chain fatty acid caprylic acid consistently reduced enteric C. jejuni colonization in chicks by 3 to 4 logs in three separate trials. These results support caprylic acid’s potential to reduce Campylobacter carriage in poultry.

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