Currently, no consensus exists on the term “probiotic,” which has long troubled the probiotic industry.

European and many national authorities classify the term as an implied health claim due to its health benefits. However, in recent years, several Member States (Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Bulgaria) have chosen not to adhere to this opinion.

The probiotic claim was classified by authorities as a health claim as it implies a benefit for the human health condition.

More countries are approving probiotic claims

France is now the next European country to authorize the term “probiotic.” 

In early January, the French authority, General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF), declared the term “probiotic” legally admissible on food supplement labels. Additionally, the term can accompany the phrase “contributes to the balance of the intestinal flora,” provided the product meets specified conditions such as a minimum number of live cells per daily dose. This stance aligns with the Italian perspective. Consequently, the French authority’s decision puts pressure on EU authorities for uniform regulation and harmonization within the EU.


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