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IPA calls for a responsible use of the term "probiotic"

European Union

Dec 12, 2023

The International Probiotics Association Europe (IPA Europe) has made a call for a responsible use of the term "probiotic" in Europe, asking for an evaluation of the current understanding of the term in the EU and to set up clear criteria to prevent the indiscriminate use of the term and its potential misinterpretation.

The term "probiotic" is currently used in Europe and worldwide to describe a category of products and ingredients that share certain characteristics. While some European countries only allow the use of the term probiotic for food supplements, others permit labelling in both food and supplements, and in certain countries, probiotics cannot be labelled at all. According to IPA, the inconsistency creates a challenging landscape for consumers to navigate.

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