Microbiome

Chr Hansen shares jump 9% on strong H1 profits

Chr Hansen shares jump 9% on strong H1 profits

By Shane Starling

First half EBIT profits for 2011-12 surged 19% to €83m at Chr Hansen as it shrugged off the effects of severe fluctuations in the price of red colorant carmine, and ongoing probiotic health claim uncertainty in Europe – its biggest yet most stagnant market.

BLIS K12 decreased the adherence of C. albicans to the petri dish

Probiotic BLIS K12 may protect against oral yeast growth

By Stephen Daniells

Supplements containing the probiotic BLIS K12 ingredient may inhibit the growth of the yeast responsible for oral thrush, suggests new in vitro data that supports the oral health potential of the ingredient.

Foodfiles AB: More than 170 clinical trials in the bag

Scandinavian CROs merge; eye health claim success

By Lynda Searby

The key to submitting a successful health claims dossier under the EU Heath and Nutrition Claims Regulation (NHCR) lies in focusing on one single risk factor, and is the main reason why probiotic claim applications have been knocked back, advises Essi...

Probi's latest Indian deal will see probiotic capsules launched in the last quarter of the year

Indian market shows Eastern promise for probiotics

By Lynda Searby

Indians are dosing up on probiotics to counter gastrointestinal health problems, reports Swedish biotech company Probi, as it announces a deal that will see its Probi Digestis probiotic formulation dispensed to millions of Indian consumers.

Is the term 'probiotic' set to disappear?

Dispatches from Probiotic Summit

Danone: “Probiotics category could disappear”

By Shane Starling in Brussels

Global probiotics leader Danone continues to prepare for the worst under the European Union’s uber-strict health claims regime that may this year deliver a barren, claimless landscape to the world’s biggest-selling functional food category, an official...

Strong growth is forecast for probiotic yogurt sales in the UK, according to the virtual conference

Potential lifeline for probiotic yogurt claims

By Rick Pendrous

Loopholes in the law may save probiotic yogurt manufacturers from having to remove products from sale when the new EU nutrition and health claims legislation comes into effect.

Health claims register enters European Parliament as veto calls rise

Health claims register enters European Parliament as veto calls rise

By Shane Starling

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 a European Parliament (EP) committee, as lobbying...

Italy publishes probiotics guidelines

Italy publishes probiotics guidelines

By Shane Starling

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

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

Disptaches from Microbiota 2011

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

By Shane Starling

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 has been under regulatory siege on both sides of the Atlantic for several years.

Yakult won't be making any claims about battling chest infections in the near future

Yakult: Health claim rejection doesn’t affect our claims

By Shane Starling

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 that remained, “stable”.

EFSA calls for characterisation work as probiotic resubmissions loom

EFSA calls for characterisation work as probiotic resubmissions loom

By Shane Starling

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 the rejection of 260 out of 300 probiotic health claim dossiers - and most of which...

A new safe list of 221 microbial species has been generated by the IDF

IDF taskforce doubles microbial species on safe list

By Shane Starling

An International Dairy Federation taskforce has updated a 2002 inventory of safe microbial species including some probiotic species – from 112 to 221 – a list the group hopes will allow exemption from EU Novel Foods and US New Dietary Ingredient (NDI)...

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