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: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1178667590178.htm
Probiotics Market Report: “Strategic Analysis of the North American Probiotics Markets: Human Nutrition” (Executive Summary).
Announcing the publication of an issue paper sponsored by CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, www.cast-science.org) 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.
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ISAPP’s President, Gregor Reid, receives award for his role in efforts to bring probiotic yogurt to Africa.
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A Probiotic Council within the National Yogurt Association (www.aboutyogurt.com) 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. 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.
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
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.
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.
Consumer Reports on probiotics:
2001 FAO Report: Probiotics in food health and nutritional properties and guidelines for evaluation
New journal: International Journal of Probiotics and Prebiotics www.newcenturyhealthpublishers.com/probiotics_and_prebiotics/index.php
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: Booktalk@nullsbcglobal.net
A brochure “Probiotics: What they are and what they can do for you” from the American Gastroenterological Association is now available. Brochure
The World Gastroenterology Organization publishes “Practice Guideline: Probiotics and Prebiotics.” Click here.
ISAPP holds 6th Annual meeting November 9-11, 2008. 100 delegates from 17 countries met in London Ontario, Canada to hear lectures and to discuss probiotic safety, refinement of the prebiotic concept in light of new scientific developments, probiotic/prebiotic/synbiotic efficacy, improving successful interactions between scientists and the media and regulatory hurdles to conducting probiotic research in the USA. Handouts
On March 28, 2008 the International Probiotics Association announced its intent to offer a quality seal for probiotic products that meet its standards for content and substantiation of health benefits; the seal will be available on products in 6-8 months.
Market report which analyzes the worldwide probiotic markets prepared by Global Industry Analysts Inc for sale (March 2008). Report
FAO publishes technical report on prebiotics addressing definitions, substantiation and characterization issues (January 29, 2008). Report
Two consumer friendly books on probiotics published. The Power of Probiotics,
by Gary Elmer, Lynne McFarland and Marc McFarland, published by Haworth Press (www.haworthpress.com). This is a consumer’s guide to probiotics, but also discusses much of the data showing efficacy in human
studies, so it is a good resource probiotics researchers as well. Also out in 2007 is The Probiotics Revolution by Gary Huffnagle (Bantam Dell Publishing Group).
ISAPP report on the status of the field as it pertains to safety evaluation and interpretation of antibiotic resistance phenotypes and genotypes present in probiotics.Report from meeting held
December 13, 2007.
A conference was sponsored by the NIH on probiotics and prebiotics on December 11-12, 2007. Conference title: Gastrointestinal Microbiota and Advances in Prebiotics and Probiotics Research, Sponsored by the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination of the National Institutes of Health on behalf of the Prebiotic and Probiotic Working Group, Rockville, Maryland. Session summaries should be available soon. Questions, contact Maria Smith email@example.com 301-670-4990, The Scientific Consulting Group Inc.
Valio’s new membership of IAC. Dr. Maija Saxelin and ISAPP President Dr. Gregor Reid at the Valio Headquarters in Helsinki where Dr. Reid spoke about ISAPP and welcomed the company onto the ISAPP Industry Advisory Committee.
IDF Elie Metchnikoff Prize 2007 winners:
Dr. Larry McKay (Category Biotechnology), Dr. Gregor Reid (Category Nutrition and Health), Dr. Shigeru Mitsuoka (Category Microbiology), and Dr. Andrew Bruce (Category Nutrition and Health).
ISAPP President Gregor Reid with Sabine and Lothar Steidler, and Nico Bos, speakers arranged for the International Congress: Probiotics, Prebiotics, Synbiotics and Functional Foods: Scientific and Clinical Aspects held in St. Petersburg, Russia May 15-16, 2007
Report of the 2nd International Workshop in Amsterdam, April 26-28, 2007.
“Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease”
IDF Elie Metchnikoff Prize: An initiative by the International Dairy Federation and its partners to celebrate scientific discovery. The IDF Elie Metchnikoff Prize 2007 recognizes outstanding scientific discoveries in the fields of microbiology, biotechnology, nutrition and health with regard to fermented milks. Applications due January 31, 2007.