Frequently Asked Questions
We tackle a few of the most-often asked questions. Contact us to learn more about these and other topics.
Q: What is a Probiotic?
A: As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), probiotics are live organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. Probiotic are “good”, “friendly”, or “helpful” bacteria which may help support good health.
Q: What does CFU stand for?
A: Colony Forming Units, the standard measurement used to quantify probiotic cell counts.
Q: Are more CFUs better?
A: We have seen published articles and clinical trials with probiotics that vary in range of total CFUs. Bigger isn’t necessarily always better, although there may be use for larger CFU applications, as seen in published studies. CFU counts provide benefits that vary from strain to strain and must be validated by clinical research to prove efficacy.
Q: What is GanedenBC30® (Bacillus coagulans, GBI-30 6086)?
A: GanedenBC30® (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) is a natural, hardy probiotic ingredient used by product manufacturers to create a wide range of probiotic-fortified foods and beverages. Backed by over 25 published papers, research shows GanedenBC30 can help support digestive health, immune health, and may help support protein utilization benefits.
Q: What certifications does GanedenBC30 have?
A: GanedenBC30 is :
- Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), indicating an excellent safety record
- Non-GMO Project Verified, organic compliant, Kosher and Halal certified
- Vegan, gluten-free and allergen-free
Q: What types of products can GanedenBC30 be formulated into?
A: Helping provide a safe and efficacious probiotic for everyone, GanedenBC30 can be found in the everyday products you’re already consuming. From yogurt, oatmeal, muffins and pizza, to instant coffee, tea, milk and orange juice, you can find GanedenBC30 in more than 1,000 foods and beverages around the world.
Q: What type of manufacturing processes can GanedenBC30 endure?
A: GanedenBC30 is the documented choice for stability, safety and efficacy, especially when considering including a probiotic in a product that requires powder blending, baking, HTST pasteurization, HPP pasteurization, boiling, freezing, etc. or where you require viability on the shelf.
Q: How much GanedenBC30 should we put into our product?
A: Dosage levels depend on the recovery rate of the material, both at post-processing and at the end of shelf life. In general, dosage levels range from several hundred million CFU to 2 billion CFU per serving. GanedenBC30 has been shown to have digestive and protein benefits at 1 billion CFU and immune benefits at 500 million CFU
Q: Can’t I just use a generic probiotic strain in my food or beverage product? Isn’t a probiotic a probiotic?
A: Simply put, no. Probiotic safety and efficacy varies from strain to strain. While some manufacturers list their probiotic by the genus and species, the real difference is in the strain. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus describes only the genus and species but nothing about the strain, its safety or its benefits. GanedenBC30 is properly identified as Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086, and is a patented strain that is very different from other strains – even strains of the same genus and species.
Q: Is GanedenBC30 safe for use in foods and beverage consumption?
A: Bacillus species and strains can vary dramatically. Some Bacillus strains should not be used in products meant for human or animal consumption. But GanedenBC30 is exceptionally safe, effective and stable. GanedenBC30‘s studies support its efficacy and safety. As well, GRAS Status from the U.S. FDA confirms its safety for everyone from infants to adults.
Q: How do you clean equipment used in the processing of products made with GanedenBC30?
A: GanedenBC30 is very simple to clean and manage in a manufacturing environment. Unlike some probiotic strains, GanedenBC30 does not adhere to surfaces and has been validated as effectively cleaned with a variety of standard food-grade sanitizers.
Q: Can GanedenBC30 be used in low- and high-pH products?
A: Although it depends on the application, GanedenBC30 spores have been shown to remain viable throughout a very wide pH range.
Q: Is GanedenBC30 stable through the end of shelf life?
A: GanedenBC30 is stable for very long periods of time and can be found in products with shelf lives of over two years, depending on the application, environment and storage conditions.
Q: Are there any common food ingredients that are not compatible with GanedenBC30?
A: We have not found any ingredients that affect GanedenBC30’s shelf life.
Q: How does GanedenBC30 work with manufacturers to ensure viability of cells?
A: We work with our partners through every step of manufacturing to ensure cell viability. We test samples of finished products to ensure activity levels and survival through processing and have validated third-party labs to support our clients.
Q: What label claims can be made with GanedenBC30?
A: Claims are dependent on local regulations. Product-specific claims would require clinical testing in the finished form, but general probiotic claims may be made as long as inclusion rates are appropriate, and testing is completed to verify viability.
For example, in the U.S., the following benefit statements may be appropriate:
GanedenBC30 has been shown to:
- Support immune health (at 500 million CFUs per day)
- Support digestive health (at 1 billion CFUs per day)
- May support protein utilization (at 1 billion CFUs per day)
Q: Is GanedenBC30 compatible with other strains?
A: We do not recommend multiple strain formulations, because clinical support for probiotic cocktails is limited. As well, GanedenBC30 is a unique strain with substantial advantages over many other strains. For example, in most standard food manufacturing processes, any other strain that may be used would not remain viable after manufacturing. The only strain that would remain viable after manufacturing would be GanedenBC30, making the combination of strains worthless.