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Critical quality considerations for probiotics offered in new draft FCC standards
Date:1/3/2012

claimed health effects supported by study trial data would also be specific to the level of intake.

Future standards development work at USP will potentially include individual monograph (written) standards for specific probiotic strains, combined with more prescriptive details for identification and enumeration of the microorganisms of interest.

"Testing for identity is difficult with probiotics, and this is a key area where public standards provided in the Food Chemicals Codex can be of significant value across the food, nutritional and consumer products industries," said Praveen Tyle, Ph.D., USP's chief science officer. "These are standards that all parties can use. With more manufacturers incorporating probiotics in products beyond yogurts based on rising consumer interest, scrutiny of health claims will grow, as will global sourcing of ingredients. We believe additional measures for determining identity and overall quality will be useful in protecting consumers and manufacturers alike."

The latest FCC Forum includes other proposed standards for public review, including:

Steviol GlycosidesNew standards for the popular natural stevia sweeteners. A monograph for high-purity Rebaudioside A already exists in FCC, but the new Steviol Glycosides monograph covers a broader range of stevia-derived ingredients including mixtures of different steviol glycosides, which are being increasingly utilized in foods and beverages. An important component of the standard is a newly developed method capable of separating and measuring all nine glycosideswhich has been difficult in the past. USP will have seven reference standards available to support the monograph in the near future.

BenzoatesModernized standards for three benzoates to help address concerns about economically motivated adulteration. Widely used as preservatives, the three ingredientscalcium benzoate, potassium benzoate and sodium benzoatewere modernized with more spec
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Contact: Francine Pierson
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301-816-8588
US Pharmacopeia
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