More about GOS
Galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) is used to describe a group of carbohydrates composed of oligo-galactose with some lactose and glucose molecules. GOS is a food product with prebiotic and immune support properties. GOS has a beneficial effect on the gut’s friendly bacteria. It has an incentive effect on Lactobacillus spp. and Bifidobacterium spp. formation, increasing the amount of good bacteria beneficial to health. Oligosaccharides resembling GOS occur naturally in human milk and may be one of the factors that protect human infants from gastrointestinal disease causing bacteria. GOS is typically added to infant formula powder to emulate human breast milk.
The applicant’s Vivinal® GOS PT will be used in the same products as those which were already marketed in the EU prior to 15 May 1997. These include general foodstuffs such as yogurts, muesli bars, pastry, soups and sauces as well as infant formula and follow-on formula.