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Health claims register enters European Parliament as veto calls rise

Paola Testori Coggi, the director general of the EC’s Health and Consumer Health Directorate (DG Sanco), yesterday presented a health claims register containing 222 approvals and about 2000 rejections to...

Probi sales jump 17% in 2011 as supplements market shines

Swedish probiotics supplier Probi has turned in healthy annual figures with sales up 17% to SEK94.4m (€10.67m) in 2011 from SEK80.4 (€9.90m) in 2010.

Sugar coated probiotics have increased survival and can reduce infection: Study

A sugary outer coating produced by probiotic bacteria could help them to survive in the good and may also offer clues to how they block some bacterial infections, say researchers.

Italy publishes probiotics guidelines

The Italian Ministry of Health has revised probiotic characterisation, labelling and claim guidelines that may open claim-making around the idea of microflora balance.

Academics attempt to bridge probiotic science and marketing gap

“Currently, there is a gap between the point where the biomedical science ends (with the publication of a paper in a scientific journal) and the point where the business begins...

Probiotic-prebiotic combination may ease eczema in kids: Study

Combining probiotics and prebiotics to produce a symbiotic may reduce the severity of eczema in children, suggests new research from Taiwan with 60 children.

Modified probiotics may protect against food borne illnesses: Study

Modified probiotics could help to reduce the risk of food borne infections such as Listeria by blocking the bacteria from entering the body in the gut, say researchers.

Fiber-rich vegetarian diet leads to better gut microflora profile: Study

Consuming a vegan or vegetarian diet results in different profiles of gut microflora, with lower levels of potentially pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli, says a new study.

Probiotic gum beats placebo for bad breath: Study

Lactobacillus reuteri-containing gum can significantly reduce halitosis, Danish researchers have found, although the mechanism of action remains a mystery.

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IPA co-founder: EU probiotic approach is “dirty pool”

Jarrow Rogovin, never a man to mince his words, says it is high time the IPA and other trade groups stepped up to the plate to defend a sector that...

Yakult never presented the basic evidence for probiotic health claim, says consultant

Yakult failed to present the most basic evidence and sought a too-complicated immunity claim in the controversially rejected immunity health claim for its probiotic drinks, a UK consultant has said.

Yakult: Health claim rejection doesn’t affect our claims

Japanese probiotics giant Yakult says the writing into law of its rejected EU health claim for upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) benefits won’t alter its core sell in European markets...

Gut microbe diversity is key in fight against allergies, study suggests

Children with a diverse variety of bacteria in their gut may have better protection against allergies, according to new research.

Probiotics may boost immune health markers for smokers: Study

Daily supplements of the probiotic Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain may boost activity of key immune cells in smokers, says a new study.

'Ground-breaking' designer dairy poised for lift-off with plant isolates, NIZO

Dutch-based food research firm NIZO has evolved a wild plant isolate of Lactococcus lactis (L.Lactis) that it says could open the floodgates to fermented dairy products with new functionalities.

Probiotic ice cream shows oral health potential: Study

Eating ice cream containing probiotic strains may reduce levels of the bacteria in the mouth responsible for tooth decay, says a new study from India.

Probiotics again show oral health potential

At least seven strains of lactic acid bacteria show potential oral health benefits, according to Spanish researchers.

European Scientific League for Probiotics launches QC scheme in Belgium

The quality of probiotic supplements sold in Belgian pharmacies is set to rise following the establishment of a new voluntary programme to highlight products “consumers can trust”.

Chr Hansen targets fresh juice with pellet probiotic that can live 10 weeks

Danish probiotics giant Chr Hansen today launched probiotic pellets into a “big gap” in the global juice market for long-life probiotics, with carton maker, TetraPak onboard to deliver the technology.

Coffee may offer womb cancer protection, say Harvard researchers

Long-term coffee consumption may be associated with up to a 25% reduced risk of womb (endometrial) cancer, according to new research.

Glucans win while Danone and soy industry loses in EU health claims raffle

Food, drink and supplement makers across the European Union’s 27-member states are free to make cholesterol-lowering health claims after an oat beta-glucan health claim passed into EU law books yesterday....

EFSA calls for characterisation work as probiotic resubmissions loom

EFSA has approached an expert who has already worked with its health claims panel to make a report on the characterisation of probiotic strains – an issue that led to...

Probi teams with mystery food giant to win EU probiotic health claim

Swedish probiotics supplier Probi has announced an alliance with an unnamed “major multinational” food company that will assist it in its quest to win the first probiotic health claim in...

Calcium may enhance probiotic survival in the gut, cut cholesterol levels

Combining calcium phosphate supplements with probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei may enhance the colonization of the probiotic in the gut, and boost reductions in LDL cholesterol levels, says a new study...

Probiotics may influence carbohydrate metabolism: ‘Elegant’ study

Probiotic bacteria consumed in a yogurt may not change the host’s gut populations, but they do influence carbohydrate metabolism by the resident microbes, according to an ‘elegant’ new study using...

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