Safety of Probiotic Products

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Reports of adverse reactions to probiotics in healthy adults are relatively rare. Because many countries consider them to be a food or food supplement, guidelines for use are different than those for drugs. The fact that probiotics have been allowed by many countries to be added to food products already attests to their lack of harmful attributes. Although significant debates are raised in defining the basis of "therapeutic claims," many food companies are permitted to make physiological claims about the benefits of probiotics, their safety, and their harmlessness to the user when eaten or ingested. The issue of infant formula...

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