Safe for gluten-sensitive consumers
DuPont Nutrition & Health is sending a message to the dietary supplement industry that its entire probiotic range is produced from raw materials that do not contain gluten. The announcement follows publication of a new study at Columbia University which found that, in a test of 22 best-selling probiotic supplements, more than half contained detectable levels of gluten. Eight of these supplements were marketed as “gluten-free.”
For people with celiac disease and some wheat allergies, gluten is a cause of severe digestive discomfort. Celiac patients also risk long-term damage to the small intestine.
Scott Bush, global probiotics business leader for DuPont Nutrition & Health, said:
“As a leading global supplier of probiotics, we understand that many consumers with celiac disease rely on probiotic supplements to strengthen their digestive health. For this reason, we monitor our suppliers very closely to ensure they meet our demand for non-gluten raw materials, including the fermentation media used in probiotic production.”
DuPont Danisco offers two ranges of probiotic cultures, Howaru Premium Probiotics and FloraFIT Probiotics. The strains are scientifically demonstrated to help keep the digestive system running smoothly and to support the immune and cardiovascular systems.