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10th Congress of Probiotics, Prebiotics, New Foods in Rome, Italy

IPA Europe will patronage the 10th Congress of Probiotics, Prebiotics, New Foods, Nutraceuticals and Botanicals for Nutrition & Human and Microbiota Health, scheduled to take place from 8 to 10 September 2019 in Rome (Italy).

      

On Sunday 8th September, IPA Europe will open the afternoon session with a “Round Table IPA Europe” (14.00-16.00), during which the criteria approach for the use of the term probiotic in food will be presented together with ISAPP. A representative of EFSA will also take part to the Round Table, giving a presentation on EFSA’s remit and role.

On Monday 9th September there will also be a dedicated session on “The global voice of probiotics IPA/IPA Europe: How to define a comprehensive approach for the definition of the probiotic category (nutrition relevance and scientific requirements)”. The session will be opened by IPA Europe President E. Laulund at 11.45 and it will be closed by a panel discussion and conclusions on “How to build a category approach for probiotics”. The session will close at 13.30.


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9th International Akademie Fresenius Conference "Health Claims and Functional Ingredients"

Health claims and Functional Ingredients: several aspects of the Health Claims Regulations were presented during the Conference “Health Claims and Functional Ingredients” (link), hosted by  Akedemie Fresenius in Mainz (DE) on 4th and 5th June 2019.

The conference’s structure was divided into three different panels: the Legal frame, Application and Authorisation, Nutrition and Functional Ingredients.

IPA Europe was represented by the Executive Director Ms Rosanna Pecere, who gave a presentation on understating probiotics in an European context. During the presentation, Ms Pecere summarised the EU Regulatory Framework on probiotics which penalise the probiotic category, indicating that a correct food information is needed to enable the consumers to make a responsible choice, and concluded presenting  several approaches on how to move forward.

ELECTION OF NEW MEMBER AND ALTERNATE MEMBER OF EFSA’S STAKEHOLDER BUREAU

22 March 2019 – EFSA has just announced the outcome of the election of the new Member and Alternate Member of EFSA’s Stakeholder Bureau:

  • The new member of the Bureau – Ms Maud Perrudin, Deputy Director General, AESGP - Association of the European Self-Medication Industry (41 supporting votes)
  • Alternate Member of the Bureau – Ms Rebeca Fernandez, Director Food Policy, Science and R&D, FoodDrinkEurope (41 supporting votes)

IPA Europe supported the nomination of these two representatives of the Associations registered under the Business and Food Industry Category and we congratulate them on their appointment.

We look forward to continuing on with the constructive discussions that are taking place with EFSA.

MEETING WITH THE EUROPEAN FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY

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 regarding the lack of a harmonized EU approach, and the confusion this causes for consumers. It was clear from this exchange that there is an urgent need to ensure recognition of the Probiotics category and to adopt a coherent, harmonized approach within the EU Single Market.

With their mandate limited to providing opinions on health claims, the EFSA cannot be held accountable for the difficult situation of probiotics in Europe. Any changes to the current impasse, can only be initiated by the European Commission. 

IPA Europe will therefore continue dedicating efforts and resources to improving the environment for Probiotics in Europe and is seeking to do so in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders.

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 the Statement

SUPPLY SIDE WEST, LAS VEGAS

Last week (6-10 November), Rosanna Pecere (Executive Director IPA Europe) attended Supply Side West (SSW) 2018 – where strategy meets science – in Las Vegas. At this event, leaders in dietary supplement, beverage, functional food, personal care and sports nutrition shared expertise in product development for the global economy. To facilitate navigation, IPA provided the IPA Probiotics Guide for SSW, which included detailed information on the IPA Probiotics Resource Center. Through the IPA workshop on 10 November on “Probiotic Product Development: A Need-To-Know Guide Before Taking That First Step”, a better understanding was gained of strain selection, research insights and the FDA Food Safety Modernisation Act  (FSMA) designed to make clear specific actions that must be taken to ensure the safety of the food supply among many different points in the global supply chain.

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 probiotics rather than a placebo were at least 29% less likely to receive or consume antibiotics. No studies in adults were included because these studies did not track antibiotic prescriptions.

Link to the pdf paper

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, the European probiotic industry shows that it is proactive and responsible when it comes to meaningful self-regulation.

Read the Press Release

Read the Criteria Document

Fermented foods, probiotics and the gut microbiota

Find out what fermented foods and probiotics can do for your health. 

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IPA Europe comments on the EFSA draft scientific and technical guidance

IPA Europe appreciates the opportunity provided by EFSA to comment on the revised draft guidelines for the preparation and presentation of a health claim application. IPA Europe continues to request the possibility of having a dialogue between the applicant and EFSA prior to the submission of a dossier.

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 procedure has therefore been productive. However, there are also still a number of points that IPA Europe believes have not been adequately considered.
 
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IPA Europe comments on the EFSA Strategy 2020 - Trusted science for safe food

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) Europe welcomes the public consultation on EFSA‘s strategy for 2020 as it gives the opportunity to provide feedback on EFSA’s vision. One of our key goals is to better engage and interact with EFSA therefore we would like to contribute to the development of EFSA’s strategy 2020 by offering constructive comments and suggestions.

Click here to download our comments submitted to EFSA’s website.

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Officially established in February 2015, IPA Europe is an international non-profit organisation based in Brussels. IPA Europe brings together a unique forum of worldwide leading producers of probiotics and the parent organisation, IPA.

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