This lactic acid bacteria strain was noted on this PBP document based on the peer-reviewed literature available to support its effectiveness against E. coli O157:H7. Two Micro-Cell products from Lallemand Animal Nutrition contain this proprietary strain – Micro-Cell LA and Micro-Cell Gold.

PBP documents are developed by subcommittees within BIFSCo – an organization that brings together representatives from all segments of the beef industry to develop industry-wide, science-based strategies to solve the problem of E. coli O157:H7 and other foodborne pathogens in beef.

“Producers have grown to trust Micro-Cell products for their ability to help improve feed efficiency and average daily gain in feedlot cattle, but perhaps more importantly, is the effect on pathogens like E. coli 0157:H7,” says Kerry Barling, global manager of beef technology for the company.“ L. acidophilus BT-1386 can help exclude pathogenic bacteria, naturally helping reduce E.coli and salmonella shedding.”

The two products containing this strain are marketed throughout the U.S.

  • Micro-Cell LA contains L. acidophilus BT-1386, which exhibits probiotic properties in the lower gut of beef cattle fed all types of rations.
  • Micro-Cell Gold is a proprietary combination of L. acidophilus BT-1386 and L. buchneri 40788 formulated to help cattle maximize the available nutrients from by-product feeds.

Prior to any addition to the pre-harvest PBP document, a BIFSCo subcommittee reviews scientific research to ensure a product or technology is proven to be efficacious against foodborne pathogens. Best practices are intended to serve as a resource for producers to help control foodborne pathogens at the pre-harvest level. Technologies, such as probiotics (also known as direct-fed microbials), are intended to be implemented in conjunction with animal husbandry and management practices. Then, pre-harvest controls set the stage for additional interventions throughout the food chain.


To learn more about BIFSCo, visit their website. To learn more about the before mentioned products, visit the Lallemand Animal Nutrition website.  end mark

—From Lallemand Animal Nutrition news release

References omitted but are available upon request. Click here to email an editor.