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Probiotics may have taken some time to seep into consumer consciousness, especially in the US, but digestive health last year entered the top three fastest growing functional food categories. And with developments in science and technology also come greater opportunities to widen the category beyond the traditional dairy application.

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

A newly established scientific committee are set to assess cutting edge research for the Probiota 2015 Scientific Frontiers poster session. Don’t miss your chance to present.

Probiotic/vitamin C blend cuts kids’ school absence by 30%

Daily doses of probiotics plus vitamin C can reduce flu incidence and missed school days by more than 30%, according to researchers.

L. paracasei may alter intestinal microbiota in healthy people: Study

Probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei could alter the intestinal microbial in healthy populations, but this depends strictly on the ‘ecosystem’ of the individual, according to research. 

South Korea

‘Straightforward’ claims process gives Korea advantage over neighbours

South Korea’s probiotic segment has been growing at around 30% over the last two years, and according to one international bioscience major, this lightning rate should continue for another year.

Study compares 8 probiotic products' efficacy

Empty stomach: Probiotics professor clarifies findings of efficacy study

A soon-to-be-published UK study has questioned the efficacy of several on-shelf probiotic products after testing eight including giants Yakult and Danone – but the lead author tells us its key...

Fermented milk product containing probiotics 'improved' IBS: Danone research

Danone Nutricia Research and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) have publishing findings they claim show the “beneficial” effect of fermented milk products containing probiotics on gut microbiota....

Probiotics easier to market as drugs than foods: PRI

The EU’s strict nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) which has barred all probiotic claims means 'living microorganism'-based products could be easier to bring to market as drugs, a 4-year-old...

News in brief

EFSA extends consultation on ‘Open EFSA’

The European Food Safety Authority has extended the period of public consultation on its discussion paper ‘Transformation to an Open EFSA’ by a month.

Better regulation shouldn’t mean ‘one-sided reduction’ for businesses, BEUC warns new Commission

The new European Commission’s ‘better regulation’ mission must keep consumer welfare in mind and not translate to a “one-sided reduction” for businesses, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has warned....

Protexin considers long-term kids’ health research on synbiotics

Probiotics International (Protexin) may invest in children’s health research for its seven-strain synbiotic mix Bio-Kult Infantis, following independent research linking it to improvements in baby colic, its medical advisor says....

"We've identified a bacterial population that protects against food allergen sensitisation"

Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies offer probiotic promise

Common gut bacteria from the class Clostridia could prevent sensitisation to allergens in food, according to new research that may pave the way for probiotic products aimed at battling food allergies and...

Microbiome 'disruption' in early life linked to obesity in adulthood

Certain gut bacteria  could help to shape our metabolism in early life, while disrupting these bacteria appears to increase the risk of obesity in later adulthood, say researchers.

Patent Watch

Danone files patent on probiotic to improve enteric nervous system

Danone has filed a patent for a probiotic strain that improves the function of the enteric nervous system, claiming it can therefore be used to treat and/or prevent gut disorders...

Chr. Hansen wins landmark probiotics health claim in South Korea

Bioscience company Chr. Hansen’s Urex product has become the first probiotic to win an approved health claim in South Korea.

Does sporting activity improve gut function?

Improved diversity of the intestinal microbiota in sports people could be due to gut barrier function, experts have suggested.

Is strain-specificity of prebiotics a limitation or opportunity?

Strain-specificity of prebiotics is not a limiting factor but rather an opportunity to develop the ‘next generation’ of synbiotic formulations, says Winclove Probiotics in response to unflattering results of a...

Inside the EC elderly nutrition report

Can food supplements help European pensioners to two extra healthy years by 2020?

The European Commission this week issued a report that found evidence lacking for the ability of most food supplements to benefit Europe’s burgeoning elderly population.

Guest article

EU health claims – lining functional coffins or an unseen silver lining?

The EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) put many health-related product marketeers noses out of joint. But having survived two years since legislative enforcement, are we now witnessing a...

GM probiotics reduce insulin resistance and body fat: Mouse data

Mice lost weight and had significantly lower insulin resistance and body fat after taking genetically modified bacteria that produce the lipid compound NAPE in the gut, researchers from Vanderbilt University...

EFSA’s live culture: Help agency revise its gut and immune health claim guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is calling for input from all stakeholders as it goes about revising its controversial gut and immune health claim guidance that dates back to 2011.

Probiotics can improve blood pressure: 9-study review

Long-term probiotics consumption may control blood pressure, says a research review in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

science short

Probiotics linked to liver fat reduction in rat study

Probiotic consumption for thirty days was associated with a reduction of fat accumulation in the liver of obese rats, say Spanish researchers.

Synbiotic gut health benefits limited, say researchers

Potential gut health benefits of synbiotics may be limited since only specific combinations enhance probiotic survival and growth, say researchers.

IAHS: “VAT on health food supplements would be a tax on health.”

Irish 23% health tax hike: Herbals, glucosamine, coQ10, probiotics remain in firing line

Proposals to push VAT (value-added tax) on some health food supplements and teas to the maximum upper bracket of 23% will discriminate against healthful products, according to The Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS). ...

Japanese dairy backs bifidobacteria

Scientists have called new discoveries from leading Japanese dairy product company Morinaga Milk Industry on popular probiotic genus bifidobacteria, “an interesting first step”.

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