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Meeting with the European Food safety Authority (EFSA)

On 18 January 2019, IPA Europe met with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy, for a scientific discussion. This enabled IPA Europe scientific experts to gain a better understanding of the EFSA role and remit, particularly with regard to scientific substantiation of health claims made on food. A debate also took place ...

10th PROBIOTICS, PREBIOTICS NEW FOODS, NUTRACEUTICALS AND BOTANICALS for NUTRITION & HUMAN and MICROBIOTA HEALTH

On Monday 9th September 2019, Esbend Laulund, President IPA Europe, opened the session  “THE GLOBAL VOICE OF PROBIOTICS IPA/IPA EUROPE SESSION: How to define a comprehensive approach for the definition of the probiotic category (nutrition relevance and scientific requirements)”. With the help of the experts, we gathered to discuss issues pertaining to the interplay between ...

Clinical evidence and not microbiota outcomes drive value of probiotics

The International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), immediately reacted to the recent papers by Zmora, et al and Suez, et al, with scientific arguments to counter the inaccurate information on probiotics: Hundreds of human trials have demonstrated clinical benefits of probiotics and several evidence-based recommendations have been issued by medical organizations. This irresponsible ...

IPA Europe contends that the recent studies, questioning the health benefits of probiotics, basically confirm the knowledge that we already have on probiotics: namely that probiotic strains are indeed likely to have individual responses.

It is regrettable that, although the authors themselves state that the microbiota is influenced by very many factors and is extremely diverse, their ‘study group” consists of only 8 people, which is too small to be able to reliably evaluate so many parameters or to draw any far-reaching conclusions. Read the Press Release ...

NEW IPA EUROPE CRITERIA TO QUALIFY A MICROORGANISM DESIGNATED AS ‘PROBIOTIC’ IN FOODS, BEVERAGES AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

IPA Europe contends that the development of scientifically-based criteria is prerequisite to qualifying a microbial strain as a ‘probiotic’. These criteria are updated as per the latest scientific developments and industry deliberation, to ensure that the probiotic foods industry can consistently create high-quality products that consumers can have confidence in. In developing this voluntary approach, ...

IPA Europe comments on the revised EFSA guidance documents

On 18 January, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published the revised guidance for health claims related to the immune system, the gastrointestinal tract and defence against pathogenic microorganisms  and also the general scientific guidance on health claim applications. IPA Europe is happy to see that these documents clarify some questions and that the consultation ...