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Microbiology Research

Safety Evaluation

Probiotics are “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host (WHO/FAO)”.
In different forms and presentations, and with diverse claims, probiotics are high trending food supplements in the market. In support of health claims, proof of beneficial functions represents a critical aspect of strain selection. In addition, the safety confirmation of a putative probiotic strain, both for human and animal applications, has now become a decisive hurdle before marketing. In particular clearance is needed with regard to characteristics such as absence of transferable antibiotic resistance, absence of beta-hemolytic activity, no production of specific allergens such as biogenic amines, and absence of cellular invasion potential.

Culture Collection

Our culture collection consists of more than a thousand different strains, including more than 30 strains proven to be safe according to the FDA standards.

Types of genera represented in the collection:

  • Lactobacillus

  • Bifidobacterium

  • Enteroccocus

  • Bacillus

  • Pediococcus

  • Lactococcus

  • Leuconostoc

  • Weissella

  • Streptococcus

  • Staphylococcus