First trace mineral symposium a success

25-06-2007 | |

The first International Scientific Symposium on Trace Elements in Animal Production Systems (Oteane) attracted around 200 delegates.

The delegates, both animal nutritionists and
environmental scientists came to Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the emerging
issue how trace elements in animal feed and the environment can be

Frans Verstraete from the European Commission made it
clear that the Commission’s intention was to reduce maximum permitted levels of
legitimate trace elements and contaminants in animal feeds, thereby reducing
environmental accumulation.

Trace element

Stéphane Durosoy, president of the organising committee
and director of event sponsor, Pancosma, said: “The raison d’etre for this and
future Oteane symposia is a sustainable trace element footprint for animal
production, consistent with good animal health, welfare and performance through
appropriate use of organic trace elements.”

Proceedings from the
symposium will be published later this year. An abstracts booklet is available
now from

A complete review article on
this symposium can be read in the next issue of Feed Mix (Volume 15.4) and Pig
Progress (Volume 23.6).


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