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IPA Europe and European Dairy Association (EDA) joint statement on probiotics
For a better regulatory environment for probiotic food and food supplements in Europe
The science behind probiotics
Discover the 4 criteria to qualify microorganisms as “Probiotic” in foods and dietary supplements
IPA Europe's priorities: better information for consumers, better rules for the industry, better quality of life

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Call for a responsible use of the term 'probiotic'


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IPA Europe Press Release: a formal request for investigation is questioning the European Commission’s stance on probiotics

In a significant development for the probiotic industry, a formal request for investigation has been submitted to the European Ombudsman, questioning the European Commission’s stance on probiotics. The Association argues that the European Commission has inadequately addressed the concerns raised by the industry and provides sufficient elements to support this ...

European industries call for a bold and impactful Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative

Brussels, 22 February 2024 Cross sectoral industries have come together to champion the European Commission’s forthcoming Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative through a position paper which calls for bold ambition, and five core principles to ensure impactful industrial growth. The ‘EC Initiative on Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing: Principles for an impactful Europe’ ...

IPA Europe Announces Dr. Bart Degeest as New President

IPA Europe, representing probiotic food and food supplements in Europe, is pleased to announce the election for the new President, Dr. Bart Degeest, during the Board meeting of the association held in Milan. Dr. Degeest has consistently demonstrated a profound understanding of the challenges andopportunities facing our community and contributes ...


Brussels, 11 September 2023 The International Probiotic Association (IPA & IPAEurope) is returning with the 3rd Science & Business Symposium during the 12th Probiotic, Prebiotics, and New Food Congress (Rome 16-19 September 2023) IPA with IPAEurope is returning with the 3rd Science & Business Symposium during the 12th Probiotic, Prebiotics, ...

What are probiotic microorganisms?

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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