Climate change and evolving trends in consumer behaviour have redirected the EU´s attention toward new ways of producing and consuming food to improve its safety, quality and sustainability.
While the European market for food with beneficial live bacteria known as probiotics is particularly ‘alive’, the EU regulatory framework on the topic is stuck in 2006 blocking the potential of the sector.
Requests to the European Commission for overcoming the outdated rules are piling up, while some member states even decided to go it alone and tackle the lack of legal clarity.
In this series of articles, EURACTIV explores the current situation and the next challenges for the probiotics sector in the EU.
- How can better regulation strengthen the knowledge of probiotics for consumer health? Watch the debate here: