DuPont Nutrition & Health Takes Special Care to Ensure Its Probiotics Do Not Contain Gluten

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HOWARU® and FloraFIT® probiotics are a safe choice for gluten-sensitive consumers. The announcement follows publication of a new study at Columbia University which found that, in a test of 22 best-selling probiotic supplements, more than half contained detectable levels of gluten.

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As a leading global supplier of probiotics, we understand that many consumers with celiac disease rely on probiotic supplements...for this reason, we monitor our suppliers very closely to ensure they meet our demand for non-gluten raw materials.

DuPont Nutrition & Health is sending a clear message to the dietary supplement industry that its entire probiotic range is produced from raw materials that do not contain gluten. The announcement follows publication of a new study at Columbia University which found that, in a test of 22 best-selling probiotic supplements, more than half contained detectable levels of gluten. Eight of these supplements were marketed as “gluten-free.”

Non-gluten supplements for digestive health

For people with celiac disease and some wheat allergies, gluten is a cause of severe digestive discomfort. Celiac patients also risk long-term damage to the small intestine.

“As a leading global supplier of probiotics, we understand that many consumers with celiac disease rely on probiotic supplements to strengthen their digestive health,” said Scott Bush, global probiotics business leader for DuPont Nutrition & Health.

“For this reason, we monitor our suppliers very closely to ensure they meet our demand for non-gluten raw materials, including the fermentation media used in probiotic production.”

Allergen management with extra test

Allergen management procedures are in place to prevent cross-contamination at DuPont probiotic production facilities that also handle gluten-containing products. These procedures similarly exclude other allergens, such as dairy and soy, from the probiotic range.

“We realize that the Columbia University findings are a cause for concern among our customers and consumers. By eliminating gluten-containing raw materials in probiotic production, DuPont wishes to allay these concerns,” Bush said.

DuPont™ Danisco® offers two ranges of proven probiotic cultures, HOWARU® Premium Probiotics and FloraFIT® Probiotics for finished formats and unique, customized formulations. Our probiotic strains are scientifically demonstrated to help keep the digestive system running smoothly and to support the immune and cardiovascular systems.

DuPont Nutrition & Health combines in-depth knowledge of food and nutrition with current research and expert science to deliver unmatched value to the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries. We are innovative solvers, drawing on deep consumer insights and a broad product portfolio to help our customers turn challenges into high-value business opportunities.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

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7/16/15

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