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UNPA signs memorandum of understanding with the International Probiotics Association

SALT LAKE CITY (May 8, 2018) — The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with the International Probiotics Association (IPA) in an effort to advance the state of dietary supplement quality standards, education, research, safety, testing and quality in the probiotics category, both nationally and internationally.
 
As part of the agreement, the two organizations will jointly develop a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food safety plan for probiotics. This category-specific case study will be included in UNPA’s ongoing FSMA trainings.
 
Additionally, UNPA and IPA plan to co-author a white paper for Chinese regulators, professionals and ultimately consumers that demonstrates healthcare-cost savings and disease prevention through the use of probiotics.
 
“We’ve long admired the work that George Paraskevakos and his team have been doing at IPA and felt the timing was right to formalize a relationship with this leading single-ingredient trade association,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “Our partnership can go a long way toward the responsible and sustainable growth of the probiotics market, backed with solid science and standards for quality.”
 
“IPA is delighted about the signed MOU, and we welcome the closer collaboration with UNPA,” said Paraskevakos, IPA’s executive director. “We are looking forward to the two specific projects we’ve identified, as well as the more general objectives of our partnership. This collaboration will be beneficially advantageous for our respective memberships, helping communicate the benefits of probiotics to a wider audience.”
 
Uniquely, UNPA organizes its key objectives and work plans through a series of 21 MOUs with other U.S. and international trade and non-profit organizations, academic institutions and other groups that bring expertise, influence and trusted reputations. By laying out its joint objectives via an MOU, UNPA is able to serve the needs of its members and its industry stakeholders with greatest effect and efficiency. Learn more about UNPA’s MOU partnerships at the UNPA website.
 
About the International Probiotics Association
The International Probiotics Association (IPA), with headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif., is a global non-profit organization, bringing together through its membership the probiotic sector’s stakeholders, including but not limited to academia, scientists, health care professionals, consumers, industry and regulators. IPA’s mission is to promote the safe and efficacious use of probiotics throughout the world. Holding NGO status before Codex Alimentarius, IPA is also recognized as the unified “Global Voice of Probiotics” around the world. For more information, visit internationalprobiotics.org.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Frank Lampe, VP, Communications & Industry Relations, 720.398.8172, frank@unpa.com.
 
SOURCE: The United Natural Products Alliance, www.unpa.com.
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