Update May 18, 2019
We are excited to announce BroodSafe™ pre-orders are currently being processed!
Individuals who made pre-orders will be receiving email invoices over the coming weeks.
BroodSafe™ will be available to purchase from this website once the pre-orders have been fulfilled. Please sign up for the notification list (see below) if you would like to stay informed.
Due to very high demand, we have and will continue to increase our production capacity.
Thank you for your enthusiasm and patience as we work to make this innovative product available to you.
All components of the feed additive are categorized by the FDA as "GRAS", which stands for "Generally Recognized as Safe." BroodSafe™ can be included in any feeding any time of the year. We recommend including BroodSafe™ in your spring and fall feedings each year. BroodSafe™ can even be applied in summer during honey flow!
BroodSafe™ is designed to promote good health in honeybees. The phages are approved for the feed additive as GRAS, and not as a drug. This means that the additive is not under the same restrictions as antibiotics.
Phages are tiny bacteria killers. The word "phage" means "to eat," and these guys love to eat bacteria! The phages in BroodSafe™ eat Paenibacillus larvae, the bacteria that is responsible for American Foulbrood. BeeSafe can be included in any feeding any time of the year. We recommend you include BroodSafe™ in your spring and fall feedings.
Research & Development
BroodSafe™ has been under research and development for nearly a decade by Dr. Sandra Hope, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology. BroodSafe™ was developed in partnership with National Science Foundation. The technology is licensed from Brigham Young University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The Problem with Antibiotics
Antibiotics are commonly used to prevent and treat AFB infections; however, antibiotic treatments have major disadvantages, which include the following: (1) most wild strains of P. larvae in the U.S. are now resistant to antibiotics, (2) antibiotics affect the natural gut microbiota of honeybees, (3) antibiotics only mask disease symptoms since they are ineffective at eliminating P. larvae, (4) beekeepers in the U.S. must obtain a prescription from a veterinarian before treating with antibiotics, (5) and all prophylactic antibiotic regimens have been prohibited. The alternatives to antibiotic treatments are generally inadequate and labor intensive, making hive burning the only feasible treatment option.