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

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 probiotic claims that are considered acceptable on food, without the need for further substantiation by the manufacturer or importer, along with conditions for their use. CFIA press release. Guidance document ‘The Use of Probiotic Microorganisms in Food.’

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 Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Review protocol synopsis.

October 1, 2009

Dr. Gregor Reid, ISAPP President, Director of the Canadian Research & Development Centre for Probiotics, and Assistant Director at Lawson Health Research Institute
was inducted to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in recognition of achievement in academic health sciences in Canada. Announcement.

September 15, 2009

No link between probiotics and obesity:
ISAPP responds
to Nature Reviews Microbiology letter by Raoult.

August 24, 2009

A new journal, Functional Foods Reviews, publishes an open-access, probiotic review.
Sanders (Probiotic definition)

August 5, 2009

The American Academy of Physicians Assistants launched a webcast from a symposium “The Health Benefits of Probiotics” that was presented at their annual meeting in May 2009.

July 13, 2009

Canadian Microbiome Initiative. The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity is pleased to announce the launch of the Emerging Team Grant: Canadian Microbiome Initiative (CMI). This initiative will provide an opportunity for multidisciplinary teams of Canadian researchers to analyze and characterize the microbes that colonize the human body.

May 26, 2009

ISAPP Board of Directors member, Dr. Todd Klaenhammer, received the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ highest faculty honor on May 8. The Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina honored Dr. Klaenhammer with the O. Max Gardner Award, which since 1949 honors faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” Press release. 10-min video/podcast.

May 25, 2009

ISAPP’s president, Dr. Gregor Reid, named as inaugural chair in Human Microbiology and Probiotics at Lawson Health Research Institute, made possible by a $7 million investment by Danone Research. Press release.

May 20, 2009

Health Canada prepares monograph on probiotics as a guide to industry for natural health product market authorization of probiotic products. Download monograph.

April 30, 2009

Norwegian Food Safety Authority recommends against use of probiotics in critically ill patients. Download opinion.

Foods Containing Probiotics | ISAPP

Health Canada Food Directorate issues “Guidance Document – The Use of Probiotic Microorganisms in Food” along with along with a “Notice to Stakeholders.” Referring to foods containing probiotics, these documents indicate that Health Canada will allow certain generic claims that do not require strain- or product-specific substantiation.

ILSI Convenes Prebiotic and Probiotic Task Forces

ILSI convenes prebiotic and probiotic task forces. The mission of the Probiotics Task Force is to assess the physiological efficacy of probiotics to guide the scientific substantiation of health claims on probiotics. The mission of the Prebiotics Task Force is to provide the basis for assessment of the physiological efficacy of prebiotics.

Physiological and Functional Properties of Probiotics

Physiological and Functional Properties of Probiotics published as a bulletin of the International Dairy Federation, authored by Mercenier, Wijnkoop-Lenoir and Sanders (2008). Reprint.

Probiotics: Their Impact on Human Health

“Probiotics: Their Impact on Human Health” issue paper coauthored by Sanders, Gibson,Gill and Guarner and published by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology is now available free of charge. Click here.

Executive Summary of the National Institutes of Health Conference

The National Institutes of Health conference on Gastrointestinal Microbiota and Advances in Prebiotic and Probiotic Research was held December 11-12, 2007.

EU Regulatory Update for Health Claims on Foods and Supplements

EU regulatory update for health claims on foods and supplements.
Press release
. Full opinion of European scientific
. Summary of opinion.
Click here to go to the EFSA website.

Publication of Paper Reporting Increased Mortality in Study of Six-strain Blend

Publication of paper reporting increased mortality in study of six-strain blend of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium on infectious complications in patients with severe pancreatitis. ISAPP reacts. Earlier ISAPP response to the pre-publication press release can be found here.

Young Investigator Grant Program

Dannon and Yakult announce a new Young Investigator Grant Program. Two awards of $50,000 will be granted to young investigators for original research in the area of gut microbiota and health. See

Free Webinar on “Probiotics and Their Role in Gut Health”

Free webinar on “Probiotics and their Role in Gut Health” sponsored by “Natural Products Insider.” Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska will present.

Human Microbiome Project Was Added to the US National Institutes of Health Roadmap

Human Microbiome Project was added to the US National Institutes of Health Roadmap for Medical Research, with the aim of generating resources enabling comprehensive characterization of the human microbiota and analysis of its role in human health and disease.