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Danone launches new global probiotics group to “talk with lawmakers”

Danone has formed the Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) with other sector giants like Yakult, DuPont-Danisco and Chr Hansen as the frustrated industry seeks to win a first European Union...

Dispatches from Probiotic Summit

Danone: “Probiotics category could disappear”

Global probiotics leader Danone continues to prepare for the worst under the European Union’s uber-strict health claims regime that may this year deliver a barren, claimless landscape to the world’s...

New probiotic strains will win health claims (but not for 10-15 years): Prof

Advances in genomics and understanding the human gut microbiota will lead to the discovery of probiotic bacterial strains that will deliver biomarker-measured health benefits – but it may take 10-15...

US per capita spending on probiotic supplements expected to nearly double by 2016

Per capita spending on probiotic supplements is forecast to almost double over the next five years in the US, according to market researcher Euromonitor International.

Sugar coated probiotics have increased survival and can reduce infection: Study

A sugary outer coating produced by probiotic bacteria could help them to survive in the good and may also offer clues to how they block some bacterial infections, say researchers.

Probiotic-prebiotic combination may ease eczema in kids: Study

Combining probiotics and prebiotics to produce a symbiotic may reduce the severity of eczema in children, suggests new research from Taiwan with 60 children.

Modified probiotics may protect against food borne illnesses: Study

Modified probiotics could help to reduce the risk of food borne infections such as Listeria by blocking the bacteria from entering the body in the gut, say researchers.

Fiber-rich vegetarian diet leads to better gut microflora profile: Study

Consuming a vegan or vegetarian diet results in different profiles of gut microflora, with lower levels of potentially pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli, says a new study.

Probiotic gum beats placebo for bad breath: Study

Lactobacillus reuteri-containing gum can significantly reduce halitosis, Danish researchers have found, although the mechanism of action remains a mystery.

Disptaches from Microbiota 2011

IPA co-founder: EU probiotic approach is “dirty pool”

Jarrow Rogovin, never a man to mince his words, says it is high time the IPA and other trade groups stepped up to the plate to defend a sector that...

Gut microbe diversity is key in fight against allergies, study suggests

Children with a diverse variety of bacteria in their gut may have better protection against allergies, according to new research.

Probiotics may boost immune health markers for smokers: Study

Daily supplements of the probiotic Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain may boost activity of key immune cells in smokers, says a new study.

NDI draft guidance comments

IPA: We do not see NDI draft guidance as 'death sentence' for probiotics industry

The only probiotics that should be subject to new dietary ingredient (NDI) notifications should be “new probiotics derived from GM engineering which have little to no history of safe use”,...

NDI draft guidance comments

FDA history of safe use definition is ‘arbitrary and unfounded’, says pre/probiotics group

The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) has urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rethink its approach to live microbial dietary ingredients.

Probiotic ice cream shows oral health potential: Study

Eating ice cream containing probiotic strains may reduce levels of the bacteria in the mouth responsible for tooth decay, says a new study from India.

Probiotics again show oral health potential

At least seven strains of lactic acid bacteria show potential oral health benefits, according to Spanish researchers.

Ganeden Biotech strikes global probiotics deal with Unistraw

Ganeden Biotech - the Ohio-based firm behind ultra-resilient probiotic strain BC30- has struck a deal with Unistraw International that will see BC30 incorporated into Unistraw’s probiotic straw concept on a...

US consumers drink 122,000 bottles of Yakult a day

US consumers drink 122,000 bottles of probiotic drink Yakult a day based on an average of bottles sold in the period January to September 2011.

Calcium may enhance probiotic survival in the gut, cut cholesterol levels

Combining calcium phosphate supplements with probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei may enhance the colonization of the probiotic in the gut, and boost reductions in LDL cholesterol levels, says a new study...

Probiotics may influence carbohydrate metabolism: ‘Elegant’ study

Probiotic bacteria consumed in a yogurt may not change the host’s gut populations, but they do influence carbohydrate metabolism by the resident microbes, according to an ‘elegant’ new study using...

Researchers isolate iron as probiotic blocker during active IBD

Certain probiotic strains underperform in the presence of iron-rich environments created during the active phase of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), UK researchers have found.

Nutraceutix builds IP with US patent for probiotic delivery system

The US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Washington State-based Nutraceutix a patent for its probiotic delivery system, adding to four international patents for the BIO-tract delivery system.

Chr Hansen eyes first EFSA probiotic approval with uber-“pharma-style” immune study

Chr Hansen has commissioned a 1000-person+ trial seeking to demonstrate the immunity benefits of one of its flagship strains, Lactobacillus casei, as the leading Danish probiotics supplier continues to fight...

Yakult USA volumes ratchet up as it prepares to open first US plant

Japanese probiotic pioneer Yakult is now selling more than 118,000 bottles of its signature probiotic drink a day in the US (based on average sales Jan-June 2011) compared with 110,000...

Health Canada publishes probiotics monograph

Health Canada has released a monograph for probiotics to guide industry for preparing Product Licence Applications (PLAs) and market authorization of labels for natural health products.