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VSL#3® passes consumer lab approval test for probiotics
Date:7/8/2014

GAITHERSBURG, MD, July 8, 2014 Probiotics have gained in popularity in recent years and consumers now have many to choose from. However, only 14 of 19 successfully tested through Consumer Lab's quality certification program probiotics. VSL#3, a high potency probiotic medical food for the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, and an ileal pouch, is included on the list. Consumerlab.com is the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals independently evaluate supplements that affect health, wellness and nutrition. VSL#3 is made in America and distributed by Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Gaithersburg, MD.

"This independent endorsement supports the s VSL#3 claim that the product contains 112.5 to 900 billion live probiotic bacteria, which is essential in delivering enough microorganisms to beneficially affect the gut flora in patients with IBS or UC," says Mary Ocnean, group product director at Sigma-Tau. "The proprietary formulation has also been shown in the dietary management of IBS to reduce abdominal bloating in patients."

The Consumerlab.com report on quality testing was conducted on a randomly-selected group of top probiotic products in the U.S. It included confirmation that the product actually contained the number of live (viable) bacteria listed on the product label, and if there were at least one billion live microorganisms per suggested daily adult serving (the generally accepted minimum amount needed to deliver any significant health benefits). The products were also tested to determine if they were free of contamination from mold or types of bacteria with disease-causing potential. Products like VSL#3 that require cold-shipping were also tested to ensure the presence of the live bacteria.

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