Morinaga moves forward with Brazil approval for probiotic

Morinaga Milk Industry, a Japanese dairy product company, has said its proprietary probiotic strainBifidobacterium longum subsp. longum BB536 (hereafter referred to as Bifidobacteriumlongum BB536) has obtained approval from the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA). This approval granted in July 2023, allows for the utilisation of Bifidobacterium longum BB536 in dietary supplements and conventional food products sold in Brazil. The strain has also been registered in ANVISA’s list of approved products. 

Bifidobacterium longumBB536, a clinically effective and well-established multifunctional probiotic strain, has a history of over 50 years of human use, supported by more than 240 scientific studies as of March 2023. Bifidobacterium longumBB536 has been recognised globally as a leading functional probiotic ingredient, holding Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) status in the US for use in conventional foods and infant formula. It has also been approved as a “New Food Ingredient” in China for use in infant and toddler foods under the age of three. 

This recent approval by ANVISA allows Bifidobacterium longumBB536 to be used in dietary supplements and various conventional foods. At the same time, it is approved to claim that “Bifidobacterium longum BB536 may contribute to the health of the gastrointestinal tract.” 

The approval holds significant implications for Morinaga Milk’s global growth strategy. As one of the objectives outlined in the company’s 10-year vision, Morinaga Milk aims to achieve an overseas sales ratio of at least 15% by the fiscal year ending 31 March 2029. This approval aligns with the company’s commitment to expanding its presence in international markets, including strengthening partnerships with major infant formula manufacturers and sales for dietary supplements all over the world. 

The Brazilian probiotic supplement market is growing rapidly, with a compound annual growth rate of approximately 9% from 2013 to 2022, and the market size has more than doubled to approximately US$200 million, according to Euromonitor International. Morinaga Milk anticipates a promising future in the Brazilian market.  

“We are thrilled to announce the approval of BB536 by ANVISA for use in supplements and conventional foods in Brazil,” stated Dr Yoshihiko Ushida, general manager of the International B to B business department of Morinaga Milk. “This achievement underscores our commitment to producing high-quality, scientifically validated probiotics that contribute to the well-being of consumers around the world.” As Morinaga Milk moves forward, the company is enthusiastic about the opportunities presented by this milestone, it says.  

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