A revolutionary new phytase product is set to deliver “unprecedented” performance benefits for poultry and pig producers, according to feed ingredients business, AB Vista.

Launched at the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta in the last week of January, Quantum Blue promises to unlock more value for the animal feed industry.

“Through its anti-nutrient effects, the presence of phytate in animal diets is costing feed producers the equivalent of up to $6 per tonne in lost performance,” said a statement. “Phytase is an effective way to release phosphorus and other nutrients bound to phytate present in feed ingredients.”

At current usage levels, phytase products save the global poultry industry around $1billion a year in feed costs, claims AB Vista. However, the phytate remaining in feed is still enough to irritate the gut and impair digestion – costing the industry up to $2billion a year.

“As an enhanced E coli phytase, Quantum Blue goes beyond the capabilities of its predecessors to deliver greater phosphorus release. Quantum Blue is not coated, enabling quick release of the active enzyme in the animal foregut. Specifically optimised for maximum phytate destruction, Quantum Blue is proven to deliver additional feed efficiency value at higher inclusion levels.”