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EFSA rejects kids' probiotic gut health claim

EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has turned down a probiotic-children’s gut health claim from Italian company Centro Sperimentale del Latte because of non-characterised strains and a...

Unique probiotic strains trigger very different immune responses: Researchers

The ability of probiotics to influence the immune system differs greatly, depending on the strain, Dutch and Belgian researcher have said in findings that could influence clinical trial design.

Dead or alive: Benefits of probiotics need live organisms

The potential beneficial effects of select bacterial strains are dependent on the organisms being alive, says a new study that supports the WHO definition of probiotics as being ‘live microorganisms’.

Food for thought? Probiotics could promote well being, suggests researcher

Relying on your gut to make decisions may have a lot of truth to it, as research suggests that probiotic modification of the gut may influence the brain and affect...

Gut feeling: New study proposes probiotic mechanism for IBD benefits

A protein on the surface of specific probiotic bacteria may promote anti-inflammatory responses in the gut and explain the potential role of select probiotics to ease symptoms of inflammatory bowel...

Research gaps means cereal based probiotic benefits for infants unclear: review

Data gaps are preventing a comprehensive assessment of the risk and benefits of probiotics in processed cereal-based baby foods, finds a Norwegian food safety body, which has flagged up the...

NDA panellist: Angry academics would come to same conclusions if on our panel

As the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) delivers hundreds of batch five general function health claim rejections to an ever-frustrated academic and commercial community, EFSA health claims panelist Ambroise Martin,...


EFSA publishes article 13, batch 5 – winners and losers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this morning published 536 health claims in 73 opinions in the fifth batch of general function claims.

Pre- and probiotic academics demand ‘clear roadmap’ for claims

The Board of Directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) has published an open letter in the British Journal of Nutrition demanding pre-submission meetings with EFSA...

Russian probiotic market booming (with medical backing)

Russia’s probiotic market that has shown annual growth rates of around 50% in recent years and settled closer to 10%, is benefitting from medical profession support, according to a leading paediatrician.

Probiotech 2011

Dead or alive: Probiotics benefits beyond the grave

Dead probiotic bacteria that typically reside alongside live cultures in probiotic formulations, could be contributing to healthful effects, researchers told the Probiotech conference in Milan, Italy, last week.

Probiotech 2011

Next generation probiotic health claims: The rise of “mechanism-based” data

Metagenomic developments are providing new insights into the here-to-now largely mysterious mechanisms of behaviour displayed by gut microbiota – just the kind of data required by the European Food Safety...

‘Level 1’ evidence that probiotics boost ‘transit time’: Danisco & Fonterra

Daily probiotic supplements may accelerate transit time and boost general gut health, says a new study from Danisco and Fonterra heralded as providing ‘Level I evidence’.

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Departed Danisco CEO: “I am proud of my legacy”

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Researchers discover probiotic colonisation mechanism

Genes responsible for efficient colonisation of the gut have been discovered by a team of scientists at the University College Cork, Ireland.

Probiotics could boost immune functions in athletes, says Prof

Probiotics are best used for their potentially beneficial effects on gut health, but they may also help to boost immune functions – an effect that could benefit sports stars in...

India calls for probiotic research for women-children

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is calling on researchers to submit projects investigating probiotic benefits in women and children, and has set an August 15 submission deadline.

EC offers rejected probiotic health claim hope with resubmission offer

The European Commission is giving member states the opportunity to submit new data to back general function, article 13.1 probiotic claims rejected for being insufficiently characterised.

Omega-3 plus probiotics may boost health profile of breast milk

Supplementing breast feeding mothers with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and select probiotics may enhance the fat content of the milk, and boost the immune benefits of the breast milk, suggests a...

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...

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