DuPont: ‘Our ability to remove gluten from our probiotic reinforces the strength of our science & expertise’

By Stephen DANIELLS

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DuPont: ‘Our ability to remove gluten from our probiotic reinforces the strength of our science & expertise’

Related tags: Coeliac disease

DuPont Nutrition & Health has confirmed its entire probiotic range is produced from raw materials that do not contain gluten.

A recent study by investigators at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) tested 22 top-selling probiotics, and found some traces of gluten in 12 of them.

Speaking with NutraIngredients-USA at the time of the study, IPA executive director George Paraskevakos noted​ that only one product in the study that made a gluten-free claim was found to contain the protein at an unacceptably high level and that manufacturing considerations could account for the presence of gluten in others.

Despite a lack of transparency from the researchers (they refused to release any details about the products), the reports did spark some concern among DuPont’s probiotic customers and consumers, and a spokesperson for the company told NutraIngredients-USA that they have been receiving some inquiries from the market about gluten in probiotic products.

“Gluten is a key factor for some of our customers, particularly those that market specifically to the gluten-free consumer,” ​said the spokesperson.

As a result, the company has moved to reassure the market that its Howaru and FloraFIT probiotics are a safe choice for gluten-sensitive consumers.

“We underwent a major effort several years ago to reformulate probiotic fermentation media that would give equal or superior performance without gluten,”​ explained the spokesperson. “We have been gluten-free for the past 3-4 years. It was a significant challenge to remove gluten and other allergens from our probiotic raw materials, but our ability to do so reinforces the strength of our science and expertise.”

Allergen management

The company stated that allergen management procedures are in place to prevent cross-contamination at its probiotic production facilities that also handle gluten-containing products. These procedures similarly exclude other allergens, such as dairy and soy, from the probiotic range, said the company.

“As a leading global supplier of probiotics, we understand that many consumers with celiac disease rely on probiotic supplements to strengthen their digestive health,” ​said Scott Bush, global probiotics business leader for DuPont Nutrition & Health.

“For this reason, we monitor our suppliers very closely to ensure they meet our demand for non-gluten raw materials, including the fermentation media used in probiotic production.”

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2 comments

Agreed

Posted by Chris Long,

Well said Ted. My sentiments exactly. Sadly the average consumer is unable to put these "fears" into perspective. Until then those in the know will stumble through the collective ignorance.

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Trifling

Posted by Ted Rices,

Virtually all credible, mainstream probiotics produced in modern production facilities today, whether they start with potential allergens in growth media or not, end up effectively allergen-free unless the allergens are introduced in post-processing. Nice that DuPont is echoing probiotic industry sentiment and positions, but they're doing nothing dramatically more unique than anyone else in the space. Same can be said about all of the allergens people consider, and things like non-GMO, etc. for which fears are being kindled by self-appointed regulatory bodies, many of whom are for-profit and stand to gain by creating contrived witch-hunts to frighten consumers and force brands and manufacturers to go to excessive lengths, like DuPont has done here, to address what may very well be non-issues, frankly.

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