Is The Tide Turning For EU Prebiotics And Probiotics Regulation?
More EU countries than you might think allow the terms "prebiotic" and "probiotic" on food supplement labels, suggests a survey from consultancy firm Sandwalk Bioventures. HBW Insight speaks to Sandwalk's managing director, Luis Gosalbez, about a possible move towards liberalization in the region among member states, as well as a way forward for EU regulators lagging behind this localized movement.
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