Organic acids or as they are sometime called short chain fatty acids, are used in animal feed for many years. They have proven to be excellent ingredients especially in the prevention of gram negative pathogenic bacteria. Controlling programs forÂ enterobacteriae, Escherichia coli and Salmonella often make use of organic acids.
When comparing the use for different species, it is noted that the use in poultry diets is less than for some other species. This article focusses on the use in poultry and why differences can occur.