International Probiotics Association Follows EFSA's Recommendation and Submits Scientific Questions for Further Recommendations

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The IPA appreciates EFSA's transparency in process.

"We truly appreciate EFSA’s willingness to create a dialogue with IPA", said Director General Ioannis Misopoulos

The International Probiotics Association has formally submitted questions for clarification relating to the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) scientific and technical guidance document. These questions were submitted after a recent Parliament meeting in Brussels.

The questions document was based on recommendations from a review team that included industry scientists, academics and members of the IPA Regulatory Affairs Committee. “The team performed an in-depth scientific assessment based on EFSA’s previous guidance and previously submitted dossiers and asked for further clarification and a request for a face-to-face meeting,” said Director General, Ioannis Misopoulos.

EFSA has acknowledged the questions and its responses are pending.

“It is great that EFSA has been very transparent and allowed us to have this rare opportunity for dialogue. We hope that we will get the chance to meet with them formally very soon. We truly appreciate EFSA’s willingness to create a dialogue with IPA,” Misopoulos said.

IPA's Regulatory Affairs Committee is made up of representatives from global probiotic companies such as DuPont, Chr. Hansen, Lallemand and Procter and Gamble. The Committee works on behalf of IPA members to support regulatory initiatives globally and is actively working on projects with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), EFSA and other regulatory and standards setting organizations worldwide to ensure fair, scientifically sound, international standards for the probiotic industry.

About the International Probiotics Association:

The International Probiotics Association is an international organization with members comprised of both industry and academia. Its goal is to provide a unique and global forum for the exchange of research and the latest breakthroughs in probiotic technology and product development. The International Probiotics Association also works with government bodies and industry to assist in establishing scientific standards for probiotic supplements, probiotic pharmaceutical products and functional foods. The International Probiotics Association educates consumers on the proven health benefits of probiotics for humans and animals by attending trade shows, health tours and other media functions such as internet blogs etc. The International Probiotics Association holds a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) observer status within Codex Alimentarius.

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