Metric Weights For Probiotics Mislead But CFUs Inform, Say Industry Groups
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Council for Responsible Nutrition, Consumer Healthcare Products Association and Natural Products Association urge FDA to allow colony forming units on probiotic product labels while nixing current labeling regulation’s allowance of metric weight, as the measurement does not reflect live microbials.
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More extensive labeling for probiotics and more stringent GMPs for live microorganism production already are required in Canada, says physician and researcher Pieter Cohen in JAMA Internal Medicine. "Consumers and physicians should not assume that the label on probiotic supplements provides adequate information to determine if consuming the live microorganism is worth the risk," he says.
Until CFSAN decides whether to engage in a rulemaking to amend FDA's supplement labeling regulation, it intends "to exercise enforcement discretion for those firms that choose to declare the quantitative amount of live microbial ingredients in the Supplement Facts label by CFUs in addition to weight," according to draft guidance.
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