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March 31, 2008

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IPA Releases Guidelines for Probiotic Supplements

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The International Probiotics Association (IPA) released guidelines outlining what probiotic products should include on their label. Recommendations include:

1. CFU (colony forming units) at time of expiration (guaranteed minimum);

2. Storage directions;

3. Lot number or product code;

4. Clear identification of the probiotic bacteria including the strain (preferred) or at least the genus and species, based on widely accepted nomenclature. If a trademarked name is used to identify the bacteria, the genus and species should also be included on the label;

5. Contact information for the company including an address, phone number and Web site; and

6. Directions for suggested usage (animal probiotic supplements should include target animal species).

IPA is also preparing to release recommended labeling guidelines for dairy and other food products. The organization will also offer an IPA Quality Seal, which companies can obtain after meeting independent third-party testing and other established guidelines.

Editor's Note: Interested in learning more about probiotics and gut health? The INSIDER Webinar "Probiotics and their Role in Gut Health" is available for free on demand. To download the presentation, click here.

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