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Valio: EFSA ignored peer-reviewed data in probiotic claim rejection

Frustrated Finnish dairy and ingredients firm Valio says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejection of its probiotic claim contradicted or ignored peer reviewed data in its dossier that included...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects 86-study strong Valio probiotic gut health claim

The European Food Safety Authority has rejected an article 13.5 health claim that sought to link consumption of the probiotic strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, with gastrointestinal benefits.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Danisco on probiotic health claims: “We have made great progress”

As the world’s biggest probiotic supplier Danisco has a lot at stake when it comes to the European Food Safety Authority’s ongoing refusal to validate the healthy bacteria’s ability to...

China-Biotics is ‘junk stock’, says China Economic Review

Allegations of financial impropriety against China-Biotics are growing louder with respected investment publications coming down against the company for massaging its financial figures to overstate revenues.

Lallemand probiotic/vitamin blend sign of things to come

Institut Rosell-Lallemand is demonstrating the value of the blend with a new synbiotic formulation containing pre- and probiotics, along with select vitamins.

‘Knowledge transfer’: Probiotech chief explains real-world probiotic conference drivers

Gate2Tech managing director Dr Jean Michel Pommet explains why the Probiotech conference, to be held in Milan on June 23-24, offers something a little bit different as far as probiotic-centred...

Probiotic start-ups pushing new research to please EFSA

Spanish and British probiotics companies are driving funds into strain and product-specific studies as they attempt to build scientific backing that will survive in the European Union health claims clampdown.

Danone debuts probiotic yoghurt Activia in 69th country: Australia

French dairy Danone has built on its 2010 joint venture with Australian co-op Murray Goulburn by belatedly launching its €4bn global selling probiotic yoghurt Activia on the market there.

DuPont succeeds in Danisco bid

US chemical group DuPont has successfully completed its tender offer for Danisco, as 92.2 percent of outstanding shares in the Danish food ingredients firm were tendered by Friday’s deadline, DuPont...

Probiotics may ease bloating for people with bowel disorders: Study

Daily supplements of two probiotic strains may ease symptoms of bloating in people with bowel disorders, say researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Danisco USA.

Probiotics sector unimpressed by EFSA gut-immune guidance

Probiotic academics and industry members say there is little new in the gut and immune health claim guidance final draft published this week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Lonza becomes probiotic player

Swiss giant Lonza has plunged into the probiotics sector for the first time by licensing a gut ulcer battling Lactobacillus strain plucked from the 8000-strain strong vats of German...

Probiotic academic: ‘Just add water to probiotic health claims’

A leading probiotics researcher says the ongoing uncertainty about endpoints and biomarkers in European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim evaluations, means the best chance for probiotic products to make...

Probiotics may reduce cold/’flu symptoms for male athletes: Study

Daily supplements of probiotic Lactobacillus fermentum may reduce the duration of symptoms of respiratory tract infections in male athletes, says a new study from Australia.

EFSA health claim opinions - article 13, batch 4

EFSA issues batch four of article 13 health claims

The European Food Safety Authority’s health claims panel this morning issued 442 fresh article 13 general function health claim opinions, causing a run on its site that crashed it for...

Chr Hansen plans to re-submit probiotic for 13.5 claim

Chr Hansen is anticipating a negative opinion on its 13.1 health claim submission for its BB12 probiotic this week, due to lack guidance from EFSA when it was made, and...

EU approves DuPont-Danisco offer – but it’s far from a done deal

The European Commission today approved DuPont’s €4.5bn offer for Danish probiotics, enzymes and ingredients giant Danisco but the deal remains in doubt as to date only 6% of Danisco shareholders...

China-Biotics expands probiotics deal with Bright Dairy

Leading Chinese probiotics supplier, China-Biotics, has pressed a deal with the country’s third biggest dairy to expand the number of probiotic strains it uses in yoghurt products.

EFSA health claims panellist edits probiotic claims book

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim panellist, professor Seppo Salminen, has co-edited a book investigating probiotic science and health claims, with a focus on regional differences.

Probiotic shows child constipation potential: Pilot study

The probiotic Bifidobacterium breve may be effective in increasing stool frequency in children with functional constipation, according to a new pilot study.

Veteran probiotic researcher says EFSA’s Danone rejection is ‘difficile’ to accept

A 25-year probiotic research veteran says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejection of a diarrhoea C. difficile-reducing health claim for Danone drinking yoghurt Actimel was flawed because it failed...

Probiotic academics turn up political health claim heat

A recently established group of global gut health academics is sending letters to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) as well as national government politicians as the group attempts to...

Danone demands EFSA reveal “minority opinions” in Actimel health claim rejection response

Global probiotics leader Danone has written a 14-page response to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in which it accuses the Parma-based agency of ignoring positive trial data and demands...

Probiotic encapsulation technology attracts industry heavyweights

A patent-pending probiotic technology developed by Belgian start-up Vésale Pharma is being eyed by major firms keen to develop products employing the technology’s stated bioavailability-boosting potential.

New League puts probiotic supplement quality under the microscope

The Probiotics European Scientific League (PESL) is a new group that seeks to improve quality among probiotic supplements by increasing testing and certifying products that pass via a League logo.