Probiotic Safety Latest Target Of Supplement Regulation Critic Cohen
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
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.
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