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Probiotics are live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. Controlled human studies have documented positive effects of probiotics. Reduced absences from the workplace and day care have also been documented.

Probiotic-containing products are available in the U.S. in both supplement and food forms. There are, however, published accounts of commercial probiotic products not complying with label claims of content and potency. Although products are required by the FDA to be labeled in a truthful and not-misleading fashion, this is not generally enforced. Therefore, products made by reputable, science-driven companies which have tested and published the efficacy of their specific products provide the best option. Learn more about this quickly growing trend.

You will better understand:

1. Why microbes are important to human health 

2. What probiotics are

3. The importance of dose, strain and matrix for delivering probiotic effects

4. What products are in the U.S. market and why they may fall short

5. Important findings of how probiotics may benefit humans

Intended Audience(s): Product Developers, Management, Sales & Marketing, Research Staff, Regulators, Academics, Students
Learning Level(s): Introductory / Intermediate
Member Registration Fee: $55
Presentation Date: 12/12/09 12:00 AM


Dr Mary Ellen Sanders
Dairy & Food Culture Tech

Dr Roger A Clemens, CFS, DrPH