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Essay: Galacto - Oligosaccharides, Food Biotechnology & the EFSA

Uebel, Marius (2013) Essay: Galacto - Oligosaccharides, Food Biotechnology & the EFSA. Master's Thesis / Essay, Biology.

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Functional foods are an emerging field in food biotechnology; amongst others, the food industries are highly interested in the field of probiotics and prebiotics. Such compounds preferably found in dairy products or fiber rich foods and many studies suggest and deal about their potential health beneficial aspects. The prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) gained more and more attention in the past years as they were found to resemble human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) and are already established to be beneficial in infant formula to mimic natural breast feeding. Current interest in GOS development is their authorization as health beneficial prebiotic beyond infant nutrition. Various studies have been conducted already that suggest the use of GOS when gastro-intestinal related problems occur. Out of many possible enzymes and processes to synthesize GOS, few companies worldwide established their production with fewer enzymes. Clasado Ltd. is one of these companies producing the GOS mixture Bimuno®. They are currently the only company, trying to receive the official authorization of a health beneficial prebiotic, that reduces bloating and intestinal pain collectively described as intestinal discomfort, by the European food safety authority (EFSA). This case shows the critical and crucial procedure of the EFSA in their approval of food related health claims. It provides further insight on expectations or complications for future applications on such food additives.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:55
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:55

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