Probiotics are live microorganisms valued by consumers for their purported health benefits. Industry standards as well as regulatory standards for establishing their identity, safety, and efficacy are not yet fully developed. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is holding the “Workshop on Identity and Characterization of Probiotic Microorganism used as a Food Ingredient” to provide the platform for stakeholder discussion on the development and improvement of standards for verifying the identity and authenticity of probiotic microorganisms used as food ingredients and dietary supplements. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Food Technologists, this workshop will take place May 9–10, 2012, at the USP Headquarters, Meetings Center, Rockville, Md.
The workshop discussion will address the questions such as: What genetic criteria are suitable and needed, and what functional criteria are required to define the identity and authenticity of a probiotic microorganism? The program also will explore the significance of differences in genetics, processes, and phenotypes to the identity, safety, and authenticity of probiotic microorganisms used as food ingredients and dietary supplements.
This workshop is intended for all stakeholders (industry, regulators, and associations) interested in furthering the science on probiotic microorganisms used as food ingredients and dietary supplements. This includes professionals working in or with R&D, formulation, manufacturing, compliance, regulatory affairs, and quality assurance/quality control.
To register visit www.usp.org/meetings-courses. Registration fee includes full two-day program, meeting materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day, and a networking reception. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-301-816-8136.