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.

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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.

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Fermented foods, probiotics and the gut microbiota

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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.

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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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