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In the UK, the Telegraph reports that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ruled that probiotics, which make a series of health claims, cannot scientifically prove that they “either boost the immune system or aid digestive health.”

According to the story, “EFSA's independent panel of scientists found that the claims that these products could strengthen the body's defences, improve immune function and reduce gut problems were either so general as to be inadmissible, or could not be shown to have the claimed effect ... EFSA's ruling is being challenged by the industry, but if these appeals fail the companies will no longer be allowed to market the foods as aiding digestion or helping the immune system in future.”
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