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Make Food Safety a Priority. Target the First Line of Defense

Date: 11 March 2021

Register to learn how trace minerals play an important role in supporting the development and maintenance of the intestinal epithelial barrier.

Preserving the first line of defense is essential for preventing foodborne illnesses. It can be achieved by maintaining a strong epithelial barrier. The epithelial tissue is a solid wall with functional and secretory cells attached one to the other by tight junctions. They cover the body on the outside and the inside of tubular organs. When epithelial integrity is weakened, toxins and potentially pathogenic bacteria leak into the bloodstream, internal organs and into the surrounding muscles of the bird. An optimal trace mineral nutritional status is critical for maintaining epithelial integrity and functionality to ensure that these bacteria do not cross into the bloodstream. And if they do, the immune system is better enabled to get rid of them.  This way intestinal colonization and internal organ invasion can be reduced.  As a consequence, meat and bones can be protected from infection reducing derived food-borne illness in the final product, ultimately impacting FOOD SAFETY. Featured webinar speakers will include Prof. Richard Ducatele, PhD, Ghent University; Dr. Marco A. Rebollo, DVM, Zinpro; and Dr. Paco Fernandez, DVM, Zinpro. 

This webinar will broadcast at: 9 a.m. CST (Chicago) / 3 p.m. GMT ( London) / 11 p.m. CST (Beijing)


  1. Trace minerals play an important role in supporting the development and maintenance of the intestinal epithelial barrier.
  2. The gut microbiome is very diverse and influenced by species, intestinal morphology and physiology, diet and feed additives, with extensive interactions between the immune system and environment.
  3. The improvement in the barrier function of the epithelium with the utilization of trace minerals complexed with amino acids decrease the paracellular permeability.
  4. The quality of the epithelial barrier not only is beneficial for gut health, zootechnical performance and food safety but also for carcass quality.

This webinar is sponsored by Zinpro and is presented by WATTPoultry, FeedStrategy and WATT Global Media.


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9.00am CST (Chicago); 3.00pm GMT (London); 11.00pm CST (Beijing)

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