Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
Last week an article from a leading UK food manufacture news site shared news that Monday March 18th a European Commision group would sit to discuss whether or not the term “Probiotic” will be approved as a legal general description on food labels. The UK’s Department of Health, (DH) held the commission which discussed many other food description labels during the meeting. Yogurt manufacturers and probiotic suppliers, along with lobbyist groups like the Yogurt and Live Fermented Milk Association have past lobbied to have the UK’s DH continue to allow the listing of probiotics as a general listing, due to the increased health benefits of probiotics in food. The DH has been questioning the validity of listing probiotics as an approved health benefit in food regardless of numerous reports of the germs aiding a consumers health for years.
Probiotic Action spokesman Fernando Perez explains the controversy on listing probiotics, “ Even in the United States, probiotics are not FDA approved. While the FDA can not totally regulate a live an active culture, institutions like the FDA and other government associations like the UK’s HD recognize the history probiotics have in promoting good health. They are weary of listing of ‘Probiotics’ because they do not want to commit to the health benefits, or allow companies to make false health benefit claims if their added ‘probiotics’ have not been tested.”
Probiotic Action also reports that in lieu of the pending approval, many manufacturers have taken the term ‘probiotic’ off of their labels. On the subject of the terms’ legality Dr. Julian Stowel stated in the article that there are well beyond 70 different claims associated with the word ‘probiotic’, leaving plenty of time for manufacturers, researchers and the state to come to an agreement on the term’s worth.
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