TITLE

Safety of Probiotics That Contain Lactobacilli or Bifidobacteria

AUTHOR(S)
Borriello, S.P.; Hammes, W.P.; Holzapfel, W.; Marteau, P.; Schrezenmeir, J.; Vaara, M.; Valtonen, V.
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
Clinical Infectious Diseases;3/15/2003, Vol. 36 Issue 6, p775
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are extremely rare causes of infection in humans, as are probiotics based on these organisms. This lack of pathogenicity extends across all age groups and to immunocompromised individuals. Strains used for new probiotics should be chosen from the commensal flora of humans and should not carry intrinsic resistance to antibiotics that would prevent treatment of a rare probiotic infection. Vigilance regarding the detection of possible rare cases of infection due to probiotics should be maintained, and isolates should be sent to reference centers for molecular characterization and confirmation.
ACCESSION #
9424084

 

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