The International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), immediately reacted to the recent papers by Zmora, et al and Suez, et al, with scientific arguments to counter the inaccurate information on probiotics: Hundreds of human trials have demonstrated clinical benefits of probiotics and several evidence-based recommendations have been issued by medical organizations. This irresponsible reporting may lead people who are benefitting from probiotics to stop using them, potentially causing real harm.

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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.

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‘Brain fogginess’ and D-Lactic Acidosis: Probiotics are not the cause

With regard to a publication alleging a link between 'brain fogginess' and probiotics use, IPA Europe cautions that scientists and clinical researchers – both academic and from industry – must remain diligent in their assessment and reporting of safety concerns that may arise from probiotics use and in science communication to non-expert audiences.

The IPA statement and the ISAPP analysis can be found here


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 adults.
So, Happy Microbiome Day & take care of your microbiome!

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Resilience as a valid measure of health and the implications for health benefits of specific foods and food ingredients

In a recent ISAPP blog, scientists explored the concept of ‘resilience’ in the context of human physiology, i.e. the ability to remain healthy even when exposed to a stress, or to recover from a stress faster, and concluded that the recent recognition by EFSA that maintenance of homeostasis is a valid measure of health provides an opportunity to apply this concept to specific foods and food ingredients.

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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 the probiotic sector.

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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.

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IPA Europe calls for a harmonized EU approach on Probiotics in order to better inform consumers

In a joint statement – presented at an event titled "Enabling Innovation in Food/Food Supplements" at the European Parliament today – the Probiotic industry stressed the need for meaningful consumer information in the European Union (EU) on Probiotics.?


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IPA Europe promotes a better understanding of probiotics with its new quick guide

IPA Europe Probiotics BrochureIPA Europe, the 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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IPA Europe becomes an EFSA registered stakeholder

IPA Europe is now registered in the official list of EFSA's stakeholders and looks forward to contributing to EFSA’s work plan and priorities.

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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.

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The NutraIngredients-USA Pre- & Probiotics Online Forum

Join a top quality panel of experts on November 16 to discuss about the challenges and opportunities for the pre- & probiotics industry!

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IPA Probiotic Workshop in Washington DC

Join the IPA and industry members as well as attendees from the FDA and FTC in this one-day collaborative workshop.

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New IPA Counsel Corner

Check out the new IPA Counsel Corner and read Ivan Wasserman's article explaining how probiotics are regulated in the USA.

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IPA Probiotics Resource Center at the SupplySide West | October 7, 2016

Informa’s SupplySide West, the leading ingredient and solutions tradeshow where science & strategy intersect, 20th annual event takes place October 4-8 in Las Vegas. The IPA Probiotics resource center will be an active destination for all things related to the global probiotics market and will include 5 one-hour presentations on both Thursday and Friday followed by an informative Q&A.

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Probiotics Congress: USA | October 3-4, 2016

The Probiotics Congress: USA is taking place in La Jolla, San Diego, CA on 3-4 October.  The event is collocated with the 4th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: USA. Global speakers from across the spectrum of microbiome research and industry will share and discuss the promise of this stunning new field.

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Harvard Probiotics Symposium | September 15-16, 2016

Metabolic and brain function are the focus of the 2016 Harvard Probiotics Symposium: Gut Health, Microbiota & Probiotics throughout the lifespan. Top researchers from around the globe will present their latest research in what promises to be a stimulating two days in Boston, Massachusetts. International Probiotics Association will be there September 15 & 16.

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IPA response to Kristensen systematic review

IPA responds to the article published by researchers at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen on the effect of probiotic products on the fecal microbiota of healthy adults (posted in Genome Medicine on 10 May 2016).

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IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas | May 31 – June 2, 2016

The conference will explore the probiotic scientific frontier, its evolution and commercial application in food, supplements and related product areas. Leading experts will present the latest scientific, technical and market insights. IPA members benefit from a special member discount. Please register with the IPA promotional code to benefit from 25% off registration.
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EFSA has updated its advice for applicants seeking approval of health claims made on food products

As well as revising the general scientific guidance – which applies to health claims across the board – the Authority has updated its specific guidance for claims related to the immune system and the gastro-intestinal tract.
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Members of the International Probiotics Association benefit from a special discount.
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IPA questions conclusions of recent probiotics-NEC study

IPA welcomes development of technique to distinguish between bifidobacteria subspecies

NutraIngredients Prebiotics & Probiotics 2015

The chairs of two committees of IPA Europe actively participated in the roundtable discussion of the Prebiotics & Probiotics 2015 online event that was organised by NutraIngredients on November 17. Bart Degeest, Chair of the Advocacy & Communication Committee and Arthur Ouwehand, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board discussed about regulatory shifts in the EU and the status of the probiotic market in Europe and beyond.

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Probi’s CEO Peter Nählstedt appointed as new President of IPA Europe

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Official Launch of IPA Europe, the European branch of International Probiotics Association

On September 30, IPA Europe was officially launched as the European branch of the International Probiotics Association. To mark the launch, IPA Europe hosted a policy discussion ‘Towards a clear status for probiotics in Europe’ with the aim of finding a solution to overcome deadlock that persists at EU level.

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Towards a clear status for probiotics in Europe

IPA Europe is holding a policy debate on Wednesday 30 September 2015 at the heart of the European district in Brussels. This event aims to introduce the newly created organisation and discuss potential solutions and ways forward for the probiotics sector. Speakers include EU and EFSA officials, Members of European Parliament, and scientific experts.

Probiotics to Speak with One Voice

Member companies of International Probiotics Association (IPA), Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) and Yoghurt Live Fermented Milks Association (YLFA) are joining forces to create a single broad representative platform – a European branch of IPA, called International Probiotics Association Europe (IPA Europe).

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