USP–IFT Workshop on Identity and Characterization of a Probiotic Microorganism used as a Food Ingredient: Importance to Safety and Efficacy
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. This workshop provided 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 by weaving together suitable criteria for the genotype and the phenotype of these microorganisms. In addition, workshop discussion addressed the questions: 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 explored 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.
- Factors that constitute a probiotic microorganism—genotype and phenotype and the potential significance of any measurable differences
- Process changes that may alter the identity of a probiotic microorganism
- Strengths and weaknesses of regulatory requirements of probiotic microorganisms used as food ingredients and dietary supplements in various regions
- Forging consensus among industry and regulators regarding the need to assess and define the identity, purity, and authenticity of the probiotic microorganism at the time of human consumption and the locus of action
This workshop was 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
- Research and Development
- Regulatory Affairs
- Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Registration is now closed.