January 4, 2016. The International Dairy Federation in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released a method for quantifying starter cultures and probiotics used in dairy products. This method – which would replace the decades-old plate count method - can be adapted to high-throughput analysis, reducing testing time and improving precision. The report, published in Bulletin IDF No. 478/2015, can be purchased from IDF. Press release.
January 6, 2016. The Journal of Family Practice published a paper recommending probiotics or prebiotics. The paper grades available evidence for IBS, IBD, antibiotic associated diarrhea, acute infectious diarrhea, traveler’s diarrhea, eczema and diabetes and recommends specific uses for patients. Authors state: “There’s evidence to suggest that probiotics, prebiotics, and a high-fiber diet can help manage various illnesses.” Paper available here.
December 16, 2015. The FDA Law Blog reported on a documented prepared in December 2014 by the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The report was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Nutrition Program Review Report focused on prioritizing CFSAN activities in order to enhance nutrition for Americans. Of interest to ISAPP in this report is that probiotics and prebiotics are used several times as examples of bioactive food components that may be beneficial to health. The report advised that FDA monitor the science and developments in the marketplace related to probiotics and other bioactive food components. It states that such increased awareness of the science behind these substances would help in understanding the truthfulness of claims made on products.
December 15, 3025. Stakeholders in the probiotic field continue to find value in the expert consensus document, The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics consensus statement on the scope and appropriate use of the term probiotic, published in 2014 in Nature Reviews in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. This paper has earned accolades of “Highly Cited Paper” and “Hot Paper“ on Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science. Metrics tracked by Nature Reviews shows that this paper has been downloaded almost 20,000 times.
December 10, 2015. Professor Hania Szajewska of the Medical University of Warsaw received the A.I. Virtanen Prize of 10,000 Euros for her research on nutrition and health in children. Professor Szajewska delivered a lecture titled “The benefits of probiotics in childhood” after receiving the award. The award is named for Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, the only Finnish winner of a science Nobel Prize.
November 24, 2015. Last week, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) convened a workshop to discuss the value of probiotic monographs, including technical challenges that exist in developing them. USP can provide third-party verification of probiotic product content, which would improve end-user confidence in probiotic products. USP was established in 1820 and functions today as a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements worldwide. Information,
October 30, 2015. FDA issued a stay on some provisions of their guidance pertaining to the need for an IND for human research on foods. ISAPP, along with other stakeholders involved in food research, filed comments objecting to guidance position that most human research needed to be conducted under an IND. The section of the guidance dealing with “Live Organisms” remains in effect and the impact of this on probiotic research remains to be seen. See legal perspectives on this action.
November 9, 2015. ISAPP Board Members Prof. Gregor Reid and Prof. Glenn Gibson traveled to China delivering the message of the importance of the science of probiotics and prebiotics. Report.
July 22, 2015. IPA Europe announces a launch event, "Towards a Clear Status for Probiotics in Europe". September 30, 3016. Brussels. Register for event.
May 12, 2015. ISAPP responds to the request by NIH-National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health for input into the Center’s future research efforts and priority setting. ISAPP response.
May 28, 2015. ISAPP filed comments on an FDA-CBER proposal regarding CMC information required for INDs on probiotic research (Federal Register Notice). ISAPP welcomes this proposal by CBER that the label on a commercially available product would be adequate to satisfy CMC information. ISAPP comments.
ISAPP 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at the Radisson Blu Marina Palace, Turku, Finland. Program. Additional meeting information.
Dr. Karen Scott, ISAPP President