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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.

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

EFSA gut/immune function meeting leaves industry wanting more

Key members of the European pre- and probiotic industries left Amsterdam frustrated that the majority of their questions about immune and gut health claims remained unanswered after a meeting with...

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

NDA details the food-drug divide and its “impossible task”

“It’s a critical issue to figure out how to show the health benefits with foods without crossing the borderline into medicines,” European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) NDA health claims panel...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA issues first positive prebiotic opinion – or does it?

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued its first positive health claim opinion for a prebiotic with a laxative effect – but it was not achieved via a typical...

Probiotics: Study highlights how processing conditions affect properties

Differences in the production of bacterial strains may change the potentially probiotic properties of resulting food, says a new study from Finland that ‘sets important prerequisites for quality control in...

Probiotics show oral health benefits: BioGaia study

Probiotic-containing lozenges may reduce levels of three different pathogens in patients with chronic periodontitis, suggests a new study that also supports benefits for inflamed gums.

Valio set to take probiotic juice global

Finnish dairy and ingredients supplier Valio is planning to expand the reach of its probiotic juice Gefilus as interest in the sector intensifies.

Probiotic tea and a muffin anyone?

A probiotic strain that can survive being baked, boiled and frozen – opening up a raft of new opportunities in functional foods – is being launched on the UK market.

Probi ‘not affected’ by EFSA rejection of health claim

Probi says its business will not be affected by a recent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ruling that there is not enough evidence linking a proprietary probiotic strain to a...

Probiotics plus counseling may boost obesity management

Supplements of probiotic bacteria combined with dietary counseling may reduce the risk of becoming overweight or obese after pregnancy, suggests a new study from Finland.

Ice cream not a problem for probiotic bacteria: Study

Ice creams with added pre- or probiotics can be formulated to have good nutritional and sensory properties, according to research, with careful balancing of the recipe to ensure acceptable taste,...

EFSA gut guidance is ‘flawed’ says top UK professor

New EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) guidance on preparing probiotic consumer health claim submissions is “flawed” and lacks biological justification, according to a leading UK academic.

EFSA to webcast gut/immune function workshop

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that its gut health and immunity workshop to be held in Amsterdam on December 2 will be webcast live.

Snack Size Science: Probiotics for dummies

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at how probiotics may help keep babies healthy. A healthy baby is a...

Malta hosts second immunity ingredients conference

Malta will host the second World Congress on Immunity Ingredients on October 28 where a science-led programme focusing on antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics will unfold.

Danone develops framework for optimizing probiotic-based functional foods

Mapping how the gut microbiota respond to probiotic strains may help produce a framework for “evaluating and optimizing probiotic-based functional foods”, say researchers from Danone and Harvard.

ProViva nears global launch as Danone closes deal

French probiotic leader Danone, Swedish dairy firm Skånemejerier and ingredient supplier Probi yesterday closed a three-way probiotic juice deal, bringing the firms one step closer to an international launch of...

Probiotics may protect infants from respiratory illness

Daily supplements of a probiotic may reduce the incidence of respiratory illness for infants during their first eight months of life, says a new study.

Special edition: Asia

Japan: Functional foods, fads and food scares

In the first part of this Asia-focused special edition, we look to the innovation hotbed that is Japan. Japan is well known as the world’s functional foods birthplace when Yakult...

Probiotics show potential against common cold: Study

Daily supplements with probiotic Lactobacillus strains may reduce the incidence of acquiring the common cold by 12 percent, according to new research from probiotic player Probi.

Breakthrough study shows personalised nutrition future for probiotics

Probiotic bacteria may affect gene activity and the cellular reactions they control in the human intestine, a study has revealed for the first time.

Global probiotics market approaching $30bn by 2015: Report

Global Industry Analysts (GIA) predicts the global probiotics market will be worth $28.8bn by 2015, even though the market is still considered to be in infancy.

Europe still leads the way for digestive health

European supermarket shelves are still far ahead of their American equivalents with the range of products for digestive health, but the US is catching up fast says a new report.

Lesaffre launches IBS probiotic yeast

The human nutrition division of French yeast specialist Lesaffre has launched what it says is only the second known probiotic yeast, and the first to directly target Irritable Bowel Syndrome...

Valio submits probiotic immunity claim to EFSA

Finnish dairy and ingredients supplier, Valio, has lodged an immunity health claim application with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its probiotic strain, Lactobacillus GG.

Yakult Danone India expands probiotic operations

The Indian joint venture between Yakult and Danone established in 2005 to bring Yakult probiotic drinks to the Indian market is expanding with Bangalore targeted as the point of entry...

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