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What probiotics can do for you:  IPA Europe promotes a better understanding of probiotics with its new quick guide

IPA Europe, tIPA Europe Probiotics Brochurehe European voice of probiotics, is pleased to announce the release of its new brochure that explains what probiotics are and describes the role of micro-organisms in human health. The IPA Europe brochure provides information on how to better understand these "pro bios" micro-organisms (from the Latin preposition “pro,” and the Greek word βιωτικος -biotikos, meaning "life").

The recently published brochure highlights insights based on the latest probiotics research and discusses what current science says about the effects of probiotics on human health. By drawing attention to the fact that consumers are increasingly seeking natural ways and safe alternatives to pharmaceuticals to maintain health and wellness, this quick guide explains how probiotic foods and supplements can help to support our digestive health and immune function thus contributing to our general wellbeing.

"With this new brochure, we want to help all relevant EU stakeholders to gain a better understanding of probiotics and their associated socio-economic benefits." said Rosanna Pecere, Executive Director of IPA Europe.

She added: "Regulators in other parts of the world recognise the benefits of probiotics under certain conditions and authorise favourable claims relating to probiotics. To date, there is no EU legal framework that defines probiotics and helps consumers to receive accurate information about probiotic content in foods. We believe that a favourable environment for probiotics will benefit EU citizens and contribute to cost savings at a societal level."

In addition, the brochure features examples of national guidelines on probiotics and makes reference to the IPA Europe guidelines on the use of probiotics in food products and supplements.

Other topics in this brochure include: differences between probiotics and fermented foods, differences between probiotics and prebiotics, where to find probiotics, how to choose the right probiotic, and how to take probiotics.

To download a PDF version of the IPA Europe brochure on probiotics, click here

About the International Probiotics Association Europe
IPA Europe is a non-profit international organisation based in Brussels that addresses policy issues related to the probiotic food products and follows the decision-making process within the European Institutions and European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) and national EU member states.


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IPA partners with Vitafoods Europe

Vitafoods Europe is an annual event attracting 18,500+ of the most senior decision-makers in the global nutraceutical industry. This year, the Vitafoods Europe Education Programme has been revamped and includes three streams: R&D Forums, Business Workshops and Probiotics Summit. Specifically dedicated to exploring the current market, regulatory restrictions and the latest developments in R&D within probiotics, the Vitafoods Probiotics Summit will place particular emphasis on identifying gaps in knowledge and research and identifying opportunities for innovation and growth.  

Speakers include:

  • Rosanna Pecere, Executive Director, IPA Europe
  • Dr Ouwehand, Technical Fellow/Research Manager, DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Dr Gemma Walton, Lecturer, The University of Reading, United Kingdom
  • And others …
     

Vitafoods Europe will be held in Geneva on 9-11 May. 

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IPA Europe appoints Rosanna Pecere as New Executive Director

Following Ms Carine Lambert’s decision to leave IPA Europe at the end of January 2017 for family reasons, the Board of IPA Europe has appointed Ms Rosanna Pecere to take over as new Executive Director, effective 23 January 2017.


Rosanna PecereMs Pecere, of Italian nationality and a lawyer by education, has more than 20 years of experience in European Public Affairs, advocacy and networking activities with high-level EU and national stakeholders. She joins IPA Europe from the Italian Dairy Association, Assolatte, where she was head of the Brussels office – within the Confindustria Delegation to the EU.

Peter Nählstedt, President of IPA Europe said: "On behalf of the board of IPA Europe, I would like to thank Ms Lambert for all her unrelenting efforts to resolve Europe’s probiotic issues and create a stable framework for the probiotic industry. Her deep knowledge in EU regulatory matters and constant motivation has contributed to successfully setting up our new organisation, raising awareness about the probiotic issues within the EU institutions and increasing momentum towards achieving a clear status for probiotics. We wish Ms Lambert all the best in the next chapter of her life".

Mr Nählstedt also added: "The members of the Board of IPA Europe are delighted to welcome Ms Pecere in her role as Executive Director and are confident that she will help us maintain a strong voice when representing the probiotic industry at an EU level. Ms Pecere has been involved in regulatory issues related to probiotics for several years and has solid expertise in managing associations and leading expert groups on food policies and negotiations with the EU institutions and national Permanent Representations to the EU."

To ensure a smooth and efficient handover process, Ms Lambert will accompany Ms Pecere until February 2017 – when Ms Pecere will officially assume her new role at IPA Europe.


For more information please contact:
Rosanna Pecere, Executive Director  
Marina Tsiatoura, Communication Officer – marina@ipaeurope.org

International Probiotics Association (IPA) Europe
Ave d'Auderghem 22-28
BE - 1040 Brussels (Belgium)
+32 2 549 50 81
info@ipaeurope.org


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The science of yogurt – 5 & 6 December 2016

To mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the passing of Prof. Elias Metchnikoff, pioneer of the science of ferments and first person ever to observe the health benefits of these microorganisms, Danone organised an event in honor of its founder, Isaac Carasso. His vision for the science of ferments led to the development of Danone’s first yogurt and to the current booming science around ferments. IPA Europe and its members attended this once in a lifetime event that took place on 5 December at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.  

The Pasteur Institute, a private foundation with an officially recognized charitable status, is today an internationally renowned center for biomedical research with a network of 33 institutes worldwide. Since its inception in 1887 by Louis Pasteur, 10 Institute Pasteur scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, including Prof. Metchnikoff.

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IPA Europe appoints Rosanna Pecere as New Executive Director

The Board of IPA Europe is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Rosanna Pecere to take over the position of Executive Director of IPA Europe as of 1 February 2017.

Ms Pecere, of Italian nationality and a lawyer by education, has more than 20 years of experience in European public affairs, advocacy and networking activities with high-level EU and national stakeholders. She comes from the Italian Dairy Association, Assolatte, where she is currently Head of the Brussels office.

Ms Pecere has been involved in regulatory issues related to probiotics for several years and has invaluable expertise in managing associations, leading expert groups on food policies and negotiations with the EU institutions and Permanent Representations of the Member States to the EU.

The members of IPA Europe are delighted to welcome Ms Pecere and wish her all the best in her future task representing the probiotic industry at an EU level.


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