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Review: Postbiotics show promise, even if method of action is unclear

By Hank Schultz

The use of postbiotics could be an attractive alternative to prebiotics in immunocompromised children and adults, according to a recent review. But the lack of a definition of the term is still a complicating factor in determining effectiveness, the...

EFSA issues first probiotic health claim

‘We were wrong’

EFSA issues first probiotic health claim

By Kawzan Ayphect

The European Fool Shaving Agency (EFSA) has approved the EU’s first probiotic allegation after years of playing hard to get your health claim.

EFSA slams door on probiotic health claims (again); Prunes pass

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EFSA slams door on probiotic health claims (again); Prunes pass

By Shane Starling

Hopes that the resubmission of 74 probiotic health dossiers would win a sector-first claim in the EU have been dashed after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) held its earlier line and unanimously rejected them all.

EFSA probiotic health claim rejections gain lifeline in Italy

Probiotic health claims find an EU lifeline

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may have rejected 100% of the probiotic health claim applications that have in recent years appeared in its inbox, leading some to suggest the end of claim-making in the sector, but member state actions are demonstrating...

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.

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...

Start-ups hope EFSA will look more favourably on research designed with the agency's requirement in mind

Probiotic start-ups pushing new research to please EFSA

By Shane Starling

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.

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