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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 ...

A HUNDRED TRILLION REASONS TO CELEBRATE WORLD MICROBIOME DAY THE 27th OF JUNE

Our microbiota has been suggested to contribute to health in many areas including digestive health and immune health. This new, exciting research area focusses primarily around the gut microbiota. Moreover, several medical and scientific organisations have highly recommended, in their evidence-based guidelines, the use of probiotics to ameliorate gastrointestinal symptoms or diseases in children and ...

PROPOSAL ON “HARMONISED PROBIOTIC GUIDELINES FOR THE USE IN FOODS AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS” PRESENTED BY ARGENTINA AT THE 40TH MEETING OF THE CODEX COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION AND FOODS FOR SPECIAL DIETARY USES (CCNFSDU)

The Argentinian delegation introduced the Discussion Paper on “Harmonized Probiotic Guidelines for Use in Foods and Dietary Supplements” on 28 November in Berlin. IPA joined the group of National delegations supporting starting new work.   Read more ...

A scientific paper published in European Journal of Public Health reports that those who take probiotics as a preventative measure are less likely to receive antibiotic prescriptions

The systematic review, which was authored by an international group of ten scientists, reviewed studies that administered Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium to healthy people to determine the impact of probiotics on incidence or duration of common infectious diseases. In all studies that also tracked antibiotic use, the study found that healthy infants and children who consumed ...

The global probiotics market is growing rapidly, but Europe is currently lagging behind the American and Asian markets, and may continue to lose market opportunities.

According to Euromonitor data, the global probiotics market is growing rapidly, especially via dairy products and dietary supplements. However, this does not seem to be the case in the European Union (EU), where the interpretation of the European Commission restricts the possibility to inform consumers and stifles both market growth and research and innovation in ...

IPA considers that the development of guidelines and a harmonized framework for probiotics is necessary to ensure and sustain quality probiotic products on a global scale.

IPA activity took place at the 2017 session of the Codex committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), which was attended by Government representatives, observers and experts from 66 Member States and 41 international organizations, in Berlin from 4 to 8 December 2017.   Read more ...

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, ...