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Probiotics: Challenges and Opportunities from Legal to Lab

Available: On Demand

INSIDER Premium Series

April 4th 2017

Co-sponsored by:
CRN Informa

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The probiotics category is one of the fastest growing segments of the dietary supplement industry. The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is continuing its popular webinar series with Natural Products INSIDER, and this webinar will explore key considerations when bringing probiotics to the marketplace. From the legal and regulatory implications of the revised new dietary ingredient (NDI) guidance on probiotics to challenges faced in the lab when testing probiotics, expert presenters will help clarify some of the complex questions surrounding these unique ingredients. The webinar will also examine whether a case can be made for the use of probiotics as a medical food for certain health conditions and address approaches to evaluating the safety of probiotics.

This webinar will help you:

  • Understand the potential impact of the revised draft NDI guidance and GRAS (generally recognized as safe) final rule on probiotics
  • Develop and apply a decision tree to assess probiotic safety
  • Recognize the complexities associated with probiotic testing, from identity to quantity
  • Identify opportunities for probiotics as medical foods

A Q&A period will follow speaker presentations.

Speaker and Topics:

  • Andrea Wong- Introduction
  • Ashish Talati- Impact of the revised NDI guidance (and final GRAS rule) on probiotics
  • Dr. Michael Pariza- Considerations for the safety assessment of probiotics
  • Tammy Blakemore- Challenges in probiotics testing
  • Katie Bond- Probiotics in the dietary supplement – medical food interface
  • All Speakers- Q & A

Moderated by:

Andrea Wong, Ph.D.
Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)

Dr. Wong is an integral part of CRN's science and regulatory affairs department, responding to emerging scientific and regulatory issues as well as advocating for science-based nutrition. Her regulatory expertise includes a working knowledge of international health claims, preparation of technical submissions to international regulatory agencies, and designing regulatory strategies for marketing products in global jurisdictions. Prior to joining CRN, she worked as a senior scientific and regulatory consultant for the consulting firm Intertek Cantox, formerly Cantox Health and Sciences International, in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Wong is published in scientific journals, including Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. Dr. Wong earned her bachelor's of science in Life Sciences from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and her doctorate from the University of Toronto, Ontario.


Ashish R. Talati
Amin Talati Upadhye

Ashish R. Talati is a partner and chair of the food and drug practice at Amin Talati Upadhye. Mr. Talati helps clients safely navigate the minefield of U.S. Food, beverage, dietary supplement, drug, cosmetic and medical device regulations. Mr. Talati primarily counsels clients on matters of regulatory compliance, helps them anticipate and address regulatory issues in their day-to-day business operations and strategic planning, and advocates on their behalf before FDA, FTC, Customs, USDA, DEA, and other federal agencies, and in court. Considered a creative and strategic partner by his clients, Mr. Talati works with companies all over the globe and is a trusted advisor at every step of the product life cycle, including product formulation, safety and efficacy studies, product launch, and ongoing marketing and sales. Mr. Talati has written extensively on topics related to new dietary ingredients (NDI) and has successfully filed many NDI notifications with FDA. Mr. Talati is widely regarded as one of the leading food and dietary supplement attorneys in the country.

Michael Pariza Michael Pariza, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Food Science and Emeritus Director, Food Research Institute
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael W. Pariza, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor of food science and emeritus director, Food Research Institute, University of Wisconsin—Madison. He has authored or co-authored over 180 articles and publications, holds more than 25 U.S. patents, and is recognized by Thompson Scientific as one of the most "highly cited researchers" of the last two decades. Dr. Pariza has received numerous academic honors and awards including the Bernard L. Oser Food Ingredient Safety Award from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award in Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition, and the Kenneth A. Spencer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Food and Agricultural Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. He developed the principal guidelines for evaluating the safety of microbially derived food enzymes and microbial cultures that are used by government regulators and food enzyme manufacturers throughout the world.

Tammy Blakemore Tammy Blakemore
General Manager

Tammy Blakemore guides SORA Labs with her proven track record for business management. With her passion to take SORA Labs to a new level of business success, she has become the driving force behind the company’s continued growth. Blakemore’s unique combination of science and sales makes her an invaluable asset to SORA Labs.

Sarah Roller Katie Bond
Senior Associate
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Katie counsels and defends clients in matters involving dietary supplements, foods, over-the-counter drugs, cosmetics, sports equipment, and other consumer products. Katie reviews product labeling and advertising regularly to determine compliance with federal and state standards. She also counsels clients regarding “green” marketing, “made in the USA” claims, designing testing in support of claims, the use of social media in advertising, native advertising, and the use of consumer, celebrity, and expert endorsements. She has substantial experience in responding to FTC and state Attorney General investigations, and she has assisted clients with consumer class action defense and initiating and responding to self-regulatory challenges before the National Advertising Division (NAD).

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