ISAPP board members, Prof. Seppo Salminen and Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders, along with over a dozen other renowned experts from the Southern Cone, Europe and Canada, participated in a workshop in Buenos Aires organized by Ricardo Weill of Instituto Danone Cono Sur April 26-27, 2018. The purpose of the workshop was two-fold. One goal was to share current science about probiotics with each other and with Codex Alimentarius and regulators from Argentina, to encourage a science-based approach to global probiotic standards that may end up with a draft of guidelines to be considered by the Codex Alimentarius late this year. Secondly, the intent is to convert each of the presentation topics into a chapter for a Spanish and English-language book to be published in the fall.
The concepts advanced by ISAPP in its papers on the scope and use of the term ‘probiotic’ and on the concept of core benefits and its regulatory implications were featured at this meeting. “The meeting was organized by Instituto Danone but it was devoid of all commercial content,” said Salminen.