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“I get personal because they [EFSA] get personal to me"

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

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Last updated on 23-Jan-2014 at 23:37 GMT2014-01-23T23:37:50Z

Professor Gregor Reid will chair Probiota 2014 in Amsterdam on February 4-5. Expect to be challenged...
Professor Gregor Reid will chair Probiota 2014 in Amsterdam on February 4-5. Expect to be challenged...
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Veteran probiotic researcher professor Gregor Reid is not a happy man. It’s time the probiotic community fought back against those forces that have for too long denied a perfectly valid body of nutrition science in the form of commercial claims. It’s time to get personal…

“I get personal because they get personal to me,” said professor Reid, from the University of Western Ontario & Chair of Human Microbiology and Probiotics at the Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada, in reference to a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejection of one peer-reviewed study he was involved in.

Earlier, he said the community needed to consider other avenues like direct protest to heighten attention and tension around a health claim prohibition situation that is damaging business, science and public health.

"I am not coming here as a passive speaker, I am coming here to challenge people and if they don't like it then they'll probably tell me...I think it's about time people stood up... We should be telling them [regulators] the decisions they are making are costing jobs, are costing lives, are unacceptable and will cost them votes because that's all they care about - getting into power."

Probiota 2014

Professor Reid will chair NutraIngredients Probiota 2014 in Amsterdam on February 4-5. A few places remain to join him and about 200 pre- and probiotic players from scientists to regulators to formulators and marketeers at the 2-day, 2-stream event.

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Role of probiotics in combating human infectious diseases

I totally agree with him that promotion of good and well researched probiotics is hampered by the shortsightedness of the so called drug regulatory bodies. Having personally involved in the research and clinical application of probiotics in india, it is high time the clinical fraternity wakes up to see the benefits of probiotics in both combating infections and preventing infections which are threatening both quality of life and the very existence of mankind. As a pharmacist and pharmacologist, i am against antibiotics (it only help removing our own defense systems which are manned by the good bacterial flora)

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