March 4. 2024. 7:40

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Probiotics in the EU: A regulatory conundrum


While the European market for food with beneficial live bacteria known as probiotics is particularly ‘alive’, the EU regulatory framework on the topic is stuck in 2006 blocking the potential of the sector.

Requests to the European Commission for overcoming the outdated rules are piling up, while some member states even decided to go it alone and tackle the lack of legal clarity – an approach that risks undermining the unity of the Single Market.

In this series of articles, EURACTIV explores the current situation and the next challenges for the probiotics sector in the EU.

  • Probiotics sector ferments amid push to tweak outdated EU framework

    News | Health 21-02-2023

    Latest developments on the ‘probiotics’ term saga suggest that the time is ripe for overcoming the current regulatory framework which, for more than 15 years, has hindered the EU probiotics sector from flourishing as well as restricting consumer information.