Danisco yoghurt culture claimed to protect against colds and flu  

Placebo controlled research on new Danisco yoghurt culture strains shows a protective effect against colds and flu in young children
The Danish ingredients concern Danisco is ready to launch a range of yoghurt cultures that according to recent research reduces the risk of colds and influenza in young children, writes professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).
Danisco's yoghurt culture, containing some of the company's new bacterial strains which reportedly produce the protective effect, is set to be marketed under the name Howaru Protect. But before Danisco can go to market in the EU with the promotional claim, approval has to be obtained from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
This process can take some years, but Danisco communications chief Carl Corneliussen doesn't rule out that already this year, or early next year, yoghurt products could start appearing on supermarket shelves in Denmark that contain the new bacterial strains – but without Danisco being able to market it as a means of fending off colds and flu.
The placebo controlled research study that produced the favourable results involved 326 children between the ages of 3 and 5 years, and was conducted in the US and China.
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