January 12, 2010

The British Medical Journal (BMJ 2010;340:c77) summarized an investigation into the Utrecht pancreatitis study (Lancet 2008, 371:651-9) by 3 agencies, the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate, the Central Commission on Research Involving Human Participants, and the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. They concluded that the study procedures were flawed, especially as related to reporting of adverse […]

December 30, 2009

International Dairy Federation announces opening of 2010 Elie Metchnikoff Prize. This prize, co-sponsored by ISAPP, celebrates innovative ideas in the area of fermented milks. Information.

November 30, 2009

India to develop probiotic guidelines for foods by 2010.

November 30, 2009

Institut Rosell, in partnership with the American Gastroenterological Association Institute, will be offering cash prizes for student research abstracts focusing on probiotics. The Institut Rosell Probiotics Challenge is open to students at a recognized college or university who submit a probiotics-related abstract to the AGA annual meeting, DDW 2011.

November 16, 2009

World Gastroenterology Organisation Practice Guideline on Probiotics and Prebiotics, initially issued in May 2008, are now available in six languages, including Chinese and Russian

November 10, 2009

The Global Probiotics Council has announced the third year of the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research. The two annual grants of $50,000 each are designed to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota research in the United States. Application procedures and additional details on the program can be found at www.probioticsresearch.com

October 19, 2009

The World Gastroenterology Organisation has launched a website with ’embedded’ search strategies you can use to easily find the latest evidence on probiotics.

October 19, 2009

As a follow up to the Health Canada release on April 22, 2009, of the guidance document “The Use of Probiotic Microorganisms in Food”, a Guide has been released by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to assist industries efforts on compliance on labels, advertisements and web sites. The updated Guide also includes a list of […]

October 2, 2009

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently rejected several efficacy claims for probiotics. ISAPP responds.

October 2, 2009

Systematic review of probiotic safety commissioned by several US agencies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) are co-sponsoring a systematic review of probiotic safety, Safety of Probiotics Used to Reduce Risk and Prevent or Treat Disease. Agency for Healthcare […]