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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.

The European Food Safety Authority Invites Public Comment

The European Food Safety Authority invites public comment on the Qualified Presumption of Safety (QPS) approach for the safety assessment of microorganisms deliberately added to food and feed.

Qualified Presumption of Safety

Qualified Presumption of Safety: The European Food Safety Authority just issued report describing an opinion on the QPS approach to safety of microorganisms used in foods. “Introduction of a Qualified Presumption of Safety (QPS) approach for assessment of selected microorganisms referred to EFSA – Opinion of the Scientific Committee.” See:

NCCAM, an NIH funding Agency, Forms Product Quality Working Group

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), an NIH funding agency, forms Product Quality Working Group to assess quality of natural substances, including probiotics and prebiotics, that are subjects of research.

Probiotics Market Report

Probiotics Market Report: “Strategic Analysis of the North American Probiotics Markets: Human Nutrition” (Executive Summary).

Consumer Reports on Probiotics

Consumer Reports on probiotics:
ISAPP responds

Announcing the Publication of an Issue Paper Sponsored by CAST

Announcing the publication of an issue paper sponsored by CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, which comprehensively covers the field of probiotics. Authored by four members of the ISAPP board of directors (Drs. Sanders, Gibson, Gill and Guarner), this paper was written with a lay audience as at target. Announcement.
Click here to download this article for free.

2001 FAO Report

2001 FAO Report: Probiotics in food health and nutritional properties and guidelines for evaluation
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New Journal: International Journal of Probiotics and Prebiotics

New journal: International Journal of Probiotics and Prebiotics

ISAPP’s President, Gregor Reid, Receives Award for Bringing Probiotic Yogurt to Africa

ISAPP’s President, Gregor Reid, receives award for his role in efforts to bring probiotic yogurt to Africa.
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Probiotic Council within the National Yogurt Association has Been Established

A Probiotic Council within the National Yogurt Association ( has been established. This council is intended to be the voice of industry as it relates to standards
and regulatory issues for probiotics, at least as they related to dairy foods. This is an important development because it leverages the significant resources and expertise in regulatory affairs of the NYA trade association to promote appropriate standards for probiotics in the US. Press release.

FDA Final Ruling on Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplements

FDA final ruling on current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements. Under the final rule, manufacturers are required to evaluate the identity, purity, strength, and composition of their dietary supplements. If dietary supplements contain contaminants or do not contain the dietary ingredient they are represented to contain, FDA would consider those products to be adulterated or misbranded. This ruling addresses a pressing need in the probiotic industry with regard to products being mislabeled as to what microbes are present and their presence at labeled levels.

Non-commercial, Educational DVD Produced by ISAPP President Dr. Gregor Reid and Danone

A non-commercial, educational DVD produced by ISAPP President Dr. Gregor Reid and Danone (Paris, France) which illustrates how probiotics function in vivo is available now in 12 languages. See press

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.

Pediatrician’s and Gastroenterologist’s Guide to Using Probiotics

A booklet titled “Pediatrician’s and Gastroenterologist’s Guide to Using Probiotics” written by Jon Vanderhoof, M.D. and Eamonn Quigley, M.D. was published by Health
Point Press. For information, email:

Probiotics: What they are and what they can do for you

A brochure “Probiotics: What they are and what they can do for you” from the American Gastroenterological Association is now available. Brochure