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Product: New form of zinc available for EU market

The EU has now approved IntelliBond Z (hydroxy zinc) for the European market and which is marketed by Orffa Additives and available from today onwards.

Intellibond Z is a completely new form of zinc, a specific crystalline zinc source which received EU approval as a nutritional additive for all animal species (functional group: compounds of trace elements).

The zinc source is produced by Micronutrients and will be exclusively distributed in the EU by Orffa Additives.

Hydroxy trace minerals
Traditionally, minerals have been categorized as either organic or inorganic. This newly defined category of trace minerals, known as hydroxy trace minerals, has covalent bonds and a unique crystal matrix structure that provides reliable stability. This is what differentiates hydroxy trace minerals from other organic or inorganic minerals.

IntelliBond Z (min 55% zinc) and also C (min 54% copper) are presented in a stable crystalline form with very uniform particles. The products have superior handling and stability properties in comparison to zinc and copper sulphate.

They are non hygroscopic and completely free of dust and are not pro oxidative, so have no negative effect on sensitive feed components like vitamins.

This altogether improves the handling, the mixability and the stability of premixes, supplements and compound feeds.

Rumen by-pass
The products have also an advantage from a nutritional point of view. In contrast to zinc and copper sulphate, their hydroxyl form are not soluble at neutral pH which results in rumen by-pass trace elements and gives increased trace mineral stability in the intestine.

Due to the less reactive zinc and copper ions in the upper digestive tract, fewer interactions occur with other feed components. This gives more availability of these nutrients (e.g. phytate phosphorus) as well more bioavailability of the zinc and copper itself.

Zinc and copper from respectively IntelliBond are released slowly over the full length of the small intestine resulting in more efficient trace element absorption and very good effect on intestinal health.

Trial results in both monogastrics as well as in ruminants have confirmed this.

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