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The letter published on Gastroenterology in December 2020 brings additional arguments for the use of probiotics in prevention of diseases

In the letter of Maurizio Koch, MD, and Lucio Capurso, MD,  published on Gastroenterology in December 2020,  the Authors comment on two clinical recommendations of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) and bring additional arguments for the use of probiotics in the prevention of Clostridioides difficile infection, and on acute gastroenteritis in ...

How to correctly identify Probiotic food and food supplements?

Scientific experts from IPA Europe and the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) have developed science-based criteria to provide clarity for the proper use of the term probiotic. For many years, the probiotic sector in Europe has been working proactively to support and encourage responsible production and marketing ...

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Thu. 3rd December 2020Coffee break IPA Europe exchanging with FIAB on the use of the term probiotics
Wed. 25th November 2020Exchange of views on regulatory perspectives with the Fieldfisher Belgium office
Thu. 19th November 2020Virtual coffee of Rosanna Pecere with Frederic Soudain – Logos, exchanging on communication strategies
Thu. 19th November 2020IPA Europe attends the ad hoc stakeholder meeting of the EC advisory group on the implementation of the Transparency Regulation
Tue. 17th November 2020IPA Europe partner of the 2nd Gut Health Summit Market Perspectives for Probiotics and Prebiotics, online event with live Q&A
Mon. 19th October 2020Rosanna Pecere attends the EHPM online workshop on Mutual Recognition: new regulation, new opportunities

What are probiotics microorganism?

Probiotics are live microorganisms that can be formulated into many different types of products, including foods, drugs, and dietary supplements.

Species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are most commonly used as probiotics, but the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Bacillus species are also used as probiotics. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB), including species of Lactobacillus, which have been used for preservation of food by fermentation for thousands of years, can serve a dual function by acting as agents of food fermentation and, in addition, potentially imparting beneficial effects.

However, the term “probiotic” should be reserved for live microorganisms that have been shown in controlled human studies to accomplish their beneficial action. Fermentation of food provides characteristic taste profiles and lowers the pH, which can help in prevention of spoilage microorganisms and potential pathogens.

 

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