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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.

Study finds 'no overall benefits' of probiotic strains for eczema

A new study conducted with Danisco probiotics has yielded mixed results over their benefits for eczema in children, although researchers suggest that larger studies could help identify more definitive benefits.


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Inulin plus resistant starch could be super-prebiotic

Combining fructooligosaccharides with resistant starch could produce gut health benefits beyond the mere sum of the parts, suggests a new study from Spain.

Gene profile breakthrough could unravel probiotic benefits

Dutch researchers have shown that probiotic bacteria adapt to our intestines, results that will deepen our understanding of how probiotics impact health.

Probiotics players seek health claims strategy

Stakeholders in the probiotics industry came together for a regulatory workshop in Slovakia last week to discuss how to deal with the challenges the sector faces from the new European...

Mathioudakis: Only member states can withdraw art 13.1 health claims

Generic, article 13.1 health claims can be withdrawn from the European Union nutrition and health claims system, but only via member state authorities and not individual companies or parties that...

Probiotics again linked to dermatitis benefits in kids

A study from Ukraine has found that supplementation with probiotics for two months had significant benefits for children with atopic dermatitis, adding to the growing body of evidence for the...

Danisco supports science of probiotic juices

Antioxidant-rich fruit juices can support probiotics, say new findings from Danisco that support the potential of juices to offer an interesting alternative to dairy-based products.

Probiotics may help fat and weight loss: Study

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055) may help weight loss in people with obese tendencies, says new science from Japan.

EFSA gut health workshop will decide Danone’s next claims move

Global probiotics leader Danone says its withdrawn probiotic health claim dossiers will remain untouched on its shelves at least until it attends a gut and immune health claim workshop to...

EFSA health claims summit

“Dialogue is key” says EFSA, but industry not satisfied

The European Food Safety Authority yesterday committed to increased applicant dialogue and a series of health claim workshops at the stakeholders meeting it hosted yesterday at its Parma headquarters, but...

IPA president outlines probiotic challenges

Scott Bush, the VP of marketing, health and nutrition in Bioactives at Danisco USA, talks to Stephen Daniells about the challenges the probiotics industry faces in the form of new...

Danone defeats Glanbia in yoghurt trademark case

Danone has won a Supreme Court battle in Ireland against Glanbia over the introduction several years ago of Yoplait Essence.

Probiotics again show potential for IBS relief

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus plantarum 299v may reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) like abdominal pain and bloating, says new research from Institut Rosell.

Health claim creativity called for at Vitafoods

With little change in sight in the European Union’s new stringent health claims system, industry is being urged to get creative to promote healthy foods and supplements, at a packed...

Study backs immune health benefits of probiotic cheese

Scientists in Finland have highlighted the potential of probiotic cheese to protect and enhance the immune system of elderly people.

Vitafoods 2010

Vitafoods investigates health claims

As the drama surrounding the European Union health claims system thickens, Vitafoods hosts a day-long seminar that will unpick key issues from marketing practices to the drug/food borderline to legal...

Probi handed six months to alter probiotic messaging

Swedish probiotics supplier Probi has six months to cease linking its probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum 299v with improved iron absorption, after its health claim rejection was written into the Official...

Bifodan unleashes “intelligent” probiotic armour

Bifodan is rolling out its patented food grade enteric coating for probiotic capsules to the European market.

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Spend on science not marketing for a positive health claim: EFSA scientist

Companies should put more money into studies to substantiate the science of probiotics, perhaps at the cost of marketing, a member of EFSA’s evaluating panel has said.

Probiotic juice buoyant amid claim rejections

Sales of the world’s first probiotic juice, ProViva, have not been dented by the raft of probiotic strain negative opinions flowing from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with sales...

Carotenoid-rich probiotics may offer double value as functional ingredients

Carotenoid-producing bacteria with potential probiotic activity may offer food and drink formulators a double nutritional boost for their products, says the academic behind the development.

Probiotics show potential to stop C. difficile: Study

Daily supplements of a proprietary blend of probiotic bacteria may virtually prevent diarrhoea-associated with C. difficile infection, according to new research from North America.

Nutra krill drives Aker towards profitability

Norwegian krill oil supplier Aker BioMarine expects to turn a profit for the first time in 2011 as its human nutrition business develops outside of the US.

Probiotics could benefit metabolic syndrome, Danisco study

A new study by Danisco indicates that probiotics could help improve the metabolic syndrome by counteracting the adverse effects of a high-fat diet.

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