Future Development of Probiotic Dairy Products

Maria Saarela

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Two factors have had a major impact on the probiotic area in the European Union (EU): diminishing public funding for probiotic research and the failure of probiotics in obtaining any approved health claims. Although the situation on the probiotic research front has been challenging due to health claim issues and declining EU financing, the probiotic market is still growing and probiotic food products are becoming increasingly diverse. A wide range of probiotic dairy products is available in different markets. To date, mainly certain robust lactobacilli and bifidobacterial strains have been used as probiotics; however, as a result of gut microbiota research, there is increasing interest in using other bacteria recently recognised to be important for human health. One study identified the main barriers in the probiotic innovation process. Overcoming the innovation barriers would require increasing co-operation and communication between industry, academia and regulatory bodies, as well as increasing scientific research efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProbiotic Dairy Products
EditorsAdnan Y. Tamime, Linda V. Thomas
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-119-21413-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-119-21410-6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • European Union's probiotic market
  • gut microbiota research
  • human health
  • probiotic dairy products
  • probiotic research

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