U.S – Kemin Industries, a prominent global player in animal nutrition and health, has reached an important milestone with the approval of chromium propionate by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a source of chromium in growing turkey diets.
The approval follows extensive research conducted by Kemin Industries, positioning KemTRACE Chromium as the only FDA-reviewed source of chromium propionate in the animal nutrition and health market.
Chromium propionate, an organic and highly bioavailable source of chromium, has recently received approval for use in swine, broiler chickens, cattle, horses, and growing turkey diets. KemTRACE Chromium from Kemin has already been successfully administered to millions of animals worldwide.
KemTRACE Chromium plays a crucial role in stabilizing insulin receptors in animals, improving glucose utilization, and reducing the negative impacts of stress. By maximizing cells’ utilization of glucose, the innovative product aims to enhance the immune response, overall health, and performance of animals.
“We are thrilled that the use of chromium propionate in animal diets continues to expand in the U.S. and beyond,” said Kristi Krafka, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health – North America.
“Kemin has spent decades improving the nutrition and performance of livestock and poultry by developing innovative feed ingredients. Now, the company can provide safe and effective KemTRACE Chromium to turkey producers, nutritionists, and veterinarians.”
With over 25 years of research and numerous peer-reviewed studies, Kemin has established chromium propionate as a safe and effective supplement. Chromium has been shown to reduce cortisol, a stress hormone, in various species.
The decrease in cortisol levels during stressful events, such as extreme weather, dietary changes, and disease challenges, may result in reduced negative effects.
Dr. Jerry Spears, Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University, expressed his appreciation for the partnership with Kemin and the opportunity to contribute to advancements in animal health and performance.
He noted, “There is a substantial and growing body of research demonstrating the utility of chromium propionate supplementation in cattle, swine, broilers, horses, and now, turkeys.”
Results from recent studies further support the effectiveness of chromium propionate supplementation, demonstrating improved turkey performance and safety. Turkeys supplemented with KemTRACE Chromium showed higher average daily weight gain and improved feed efficiency over an 84-day feeding period.
Additionally, the body weights of these turkeys were significantly heavier compared to the control group, as reported in the Journal of Poultry Science.
KemTRACE Chromium is produced at Kemin’s Des Moines facility, which is certified with the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 and recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
This certification ensures a robust food safety management system, instilling confidence in food safety, minimizing health risks, and improving supply chain management.