Europe ranks 2nd- after Asia Pacific- for Probiotic and drinking Yoghurts, with a market value of 5.001,5 EUR million in 2021
The European probiotic supplements market was valued 1.464 EUR million in 2021, close to 25% of the global value
Probiotics: what's in a name?
IPA Europe brings together a forum of leading producers of probiotic cultures, probiotic foods, supplements, nutritionals and therapeutic products
Better consumer information and a thriving probiotics industry in Europe
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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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PRESS RELEASE – Probiotics in Europe: country results of the consumer survey
To monitor the evolution of European consumers’ opinions, trends and behaviours regarding probiotic foods and supplements, the International Probiotics Association – Europe (1) commissioned the market research company 3Gem to carry out a survey with a representative sample. The evolution of European consumers’ opinions, trends and behaviours regarding probiotic foods ...
New development for probiotic food and food supplements in France
In France, the term ‘probiotic’ can be used as well as the claim “contributes to the balance of the intestinal flora”, under certain conditions. In January 2023 France joined a growing movement of countries allowing the use of the term ‘probiotic’ in food and food supplements. France states that the ...
IPA Europe and EDA (European Dairy Association) joined force in favour of the European probiotic sector
The ongoing popularity of the use of probiotics across Europe highlights the importance of a EU harmonised criteria of ‘probiotic’ definition. Clarifying the definition of the term ‘probiotic’ at European level would enhance the competitiveness of European companies, while providing clearer and more transparent information to consumers. read the article ...
Italian guidelines for the management of IBS
Background: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and often debilitating disorder of gut-brain interaction (DGBI), formerly known as functional gastrointestinal disorder. Experts from 7 Italian Societies conducted a Delphi consensus with a literature summary and a voting process on 27 statements. About probiotics: The results of meta-analysis and RCTs suggest that probiotics ...
Probiotics for Children with Asthma? Article of the International Probiotic Association for Probiotics benefits for children with asthma – Whole Foods Magazine
Based on the existing literature, oral probiotics may be beneficial in children with asthma. However, the duration of treatments, entities evaluated, strains used, and characteristics of enrolled subjects vary across studies. The choice of probiotics (strain-specific) should be based on documented evidence. Research implies that probiotics have a role in ...
IPA Europe acknowledges the European Commission’s proposal on Blood, Tissues and Cells issued on the 14th of July 2022 and welcomes the opportunity to participate to this consultation
On July 14, the European Commission formally published its proposal updating the BTC legislation. Under the Commission’s proposal, the two Directives (2002/98/EC, for blood and blood components and 2004/23/EC, for tissues and cells) will be rolled into one Regulation, the SoHO (Substances of Human Origin) Regulation. The new regulation has a ...
IPA Europe and EDA joint position on probiotics
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.