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Probiotic predictions: Gut trial style sets the tone for NPD

DISPATCHES FROM IPA WORLD CONGRESS + PROBIOTA 2018

Probiotic predictions: Gut trial style sets the tone for NPD

By Will Chu

Ger Rijkers’ snapshot of how probiotics research is shaping up across the world is perhaps a glimpse into future scientific discoveries as well as product development opportunities they could give rise to.

EFSA rebuffs Heinz health claim complaint

EFSA rebuffs Heinz health claim complaint

By Nathan Gray

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said comments from Heinz questioning its refusal of an Article 14 health claim relating to Nutrimune late last year does not change its opinion.

Getting a probiotic health claim approved has been 'rendered impossible', says IPA Europe. ©iStock/goolyash

Is it time to admit it's impossible to get a probiotic health claim?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

If the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) continues to treat probiotics like pharmaceuticals, it will never be possible to win a health claim, says the European arm of the International Probiotics Association (IPA). But not everyone agrees.

'Should this conclusion persist – the conclusion would have to be that it can’t be possible to get a health claim for probiotics,' says Probi CEO after claim rejection. ©iStock/benjaminec

'We won’t take this as the final outcome. We spent too much time, too much money.'

310th probiotic claim rejection: EFSA throws out Probi claim for iron absorption

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is “insufficient” evidence to claim a probiotic can help boost iron absorption – but applicant Probi says it won’t take no for an answer.

Researchers say stable isotope technology could be one possible – albeit costly – way of filling in in vivo knowledge gaps for prebiotics. © iStock.com / Ben-Schonewille

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Beyond microbiota: Prebiotics need hard health endpoints

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Hard health endpoints, not just changes to microbiota, are needed to secure EU prebiotic health claims and bring fibre intakes up to recommended levels, according to European researchers.

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