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Korean J Food Sci Anim Resour. 2016 Oct 31;36(5):567-576.

Application of Probiotics for the Production of Safe and High-quality Poultry Meat.

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Department of Biotechnology, Yeungnam University and ProBionic Institute, Gyeongsan 38541, Korea.
Teroka Jaya Farm, Lot 204, 205 and 2, Mukim E. Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, 11000 Penang, Malaysia.
3M Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Level 8, Block F, Oasis Square No.2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Premier Diagnostics Sdn Bhd, 7, Jalan USJ 19/2, 47620 UEP Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Analytical Biochemistry Research Centre, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia.
Institute For Research In Molecular Medicine, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia.
School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia.


Poultry industry has always been a dynamic and integral part of national economies in many countries. Economic losses incur especially in large-scale rearing facilities, often attributed to the deterioration of environmental conditions, poultry exposure to stressors and development of diseases. While antibiotics have been commonly used for prophylactic purposes and as growth stimulants, extensive documentation of antimicrobial resistance among pathogenic bacteria due to indiscriminate utilization of antibiotic in the industry has led to public and governmental outcries. Elimination of antibiotics from poultry production has thus encouraged intensive search for alternatives. In this review, we discuss the immense potential of probiotics to fill the gap as alternative growth promoters and evidences of beneficial effects of probiotic application in poultry production.


Antibiotic; Broiler; Growth promoter; Gut health; Probiotic

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