The antimicrobial activity of organic acids enables such additives to be widely used in the preservation of livestock feed, silages, cereals and grains. Organic acids are known to be effective both in reducing bacterial contamination as well as preventing mould growth in livestock feedstuffs.
However, despite its proven effects and benefits as an antimicrobial agent, the use of acidifiers in animal feed remains limited. This is mainly due to its detrimental properties, as pure organic acids are corrosive and volatile in nature, resulting in its likeliness to cause serious damage to equipment and work areas, and thorough cleaning needs to be undertaken after its use.
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