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Institute of Food Sciences (WULS-SGGW) , 161/35 Nowoursynowska Str., SGGW campus , building no. 32, hall no. 1

8:45 - 9:15


Morning coffee





Jana Slustikova

Lallemand Health Solutions: Bringing innovation to the probiotic market

Lecture 1

Lallemand Health Solutions

Lallemand Health Solutions is a probiotic manufacturer specializing in the research, development and manufacturing of ready-to-market and custom probiotic formulations for human health. Research & Development has been considered by the company as a fundamental value from the very beginning. Our latest news and developments in the probiotics area, such as complete probiotic range for kids and teens, sport nutrition, as well as natural defences and mood balance (gut-brain axis) is based on the most recent clinical research in this area together with new Lallemand's solution to housing probiotics with other incompatible ingredients within a single capsule - ComboCap’Biotics.

10:45 - 11:30

Coffee break



15:15 - 15:30

Discussion panel

15:30 - 15:45

Conference closes

Scientific Committee:

Prof. Mirosław Słowiński

Prof. Małgorzata Gniewosz

Prof. Stanisław Błażejak

Katarzyna Samborska, Ph.D.

Edyta Lipińska, Ph.D.

Anna Bzducha-Wróbel, Ph.D.

Iwona Gientka, Ph.D.

Marek Kieliszek, Ph.D.



Karolina Kraśniewska, Ph.D.

Elżbieta Hać-Szymańczuk, Ph.D.

Katarzyna Ratusz, Ph.D.

Karolina Rudnicka, Ph.D.

Joanna Uchańska, Ph.D.

Justyna Baraniak, Ph.D.

Małgorzata Kania - Dobrowolska, Ph.D.

Prof. Iwona Wawer

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Małgorzata Gniewosz

Anna Bzducha-Wróbel, Ph.D.

Joanna Kciuk, PK Components

Katarzyna Pobiega, MA

Session I


Prof. Małgorzata Gniewosz


Prof. Hanna Szajewska

Probiotics – marketing or true benefits?

Lecture 2

The Medical University of Warsaw

Probiotics, often available as food supplements, are frequently aggressively advertised as products beneficial for health. Are probiotics really that good for your health? If yes, when and how should probiotics be used? The purpose of this presentation will be to summarise current evidence on probiotics’ efficacy and safety to make evidence-based decisions on the indications for using probiotics. Probiotics have strain-specific effects. Only probiotic strains with documented safety and efficacy should be used.


Anna Majkowska, Ph.D. Eng.

Probiotics – declarations versus reality

Lecture 3

Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn

When choosing probiotics, we follow information given on the label, but how trustworthy it really is? In our own research, several dietary supplements available on the market were evaluated in terms of qualitative and quantitative composition of the declared bacterial species. The ability of these strains to survive in the simulated conditions of the gastrointestinal tract and their antibacterial activity against potentially pathogenic bacteria were also examined.


Joanna Uchańska, Ph.D.

Probiotic, prebiotic, synbiotic, drugs, FSMP, dietary supplement (...) - about the meandering of classification in the face of complicated legal provisions - case study

Lecture 4

Chałas & Partners Group

The correct classification of such preparations as pharmaceutical products, medical devices, FSMP, dietary supplements is crucial in the light of applicable law. The assessment of whether a given product is a medicine or a dietary supplement has an impact on a number of principles related to its formulation, production, legal marketing (registration or notification), as well as packaging, labeling, and advertising and marketing. The appropriate demarcation is particularly complicated if there is to deal with the so-called borderline products. It is especially difficult to categorize products such as probiotic, prebiotic, synbiotic, which do not have their legal definitions. Especially that aspect raises a number of doubts and it is the subject of the lecture.

Session II

Herbal extracts

Edyta Lipińska, Ph.D.


Małgorzata Kania-Dobrowolska, Ph.D.

Borderline products foods / medicines - problems with medicinal plants

Lecture 1

Department of Pharmacology and Phytochemistry, Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants

Herbal substances can be a component of food and medicinal products. An example would be medical plants - spices such as marjoram, thyme, sage. The presentation will describe the classification of plant material as food or medicine. Medicinal plants are good source of vitamins, minerals and biologically active ingredients. It should be remembered that biological active compounds present in herbal substances, which are ingredients of food, have pharmacological activity.


Karolina Rudnicka, Ph.D.

Anti-inflammatory activity of elderberry fruit extract towards vascular endothelium in the in vitro atherosclerosis model

Lecture 2

 Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Lodz

The importance of chronic low-grade inflammation in the pathology of various civilization diseases such as coronary heart disease (CHD) and obesity is now well accepted by researchers and clinicians. The endothelial cells exposed to inflammatory agents react with the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and upregulation of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM)-1 leading to monocytes/macrophage recruitment and atherosclerotic plaque formation. Recent studies suggest that a reduced risk of CHD associated with increased fruit intake may involve an anti-inflammatory properties of polyphenol components.


Britta Busch

ElderCraft® - a unique elderberry extract: natural, 100% European, scientifically validated

Lecture 3

Iprona AG/SPA

ElderCraft® European Black Elderberry ExtractSupply

Chain + Technology + Science = SUCCESS

How we got where we are and why. The story behind the first branded black elderberry extract and it`s potential for future product developments.


Justyna Baraniak, Ph.D.

Products intended for children - herbal substances and their safety

Lecture 4

Department of Pharmacology and Phytochemistry, Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants

Herbal products intended for children very often are considered by parents as effective and less toxic than conventional drugs. Among herbal products dedicated to children we can find for example spasmolytic substances, activators of the immune system and other pro-health components - vitamins, fiber, probiotics etc. It should be noted that herbs and herbal products except beneficial effects may also give adverse effects, interactions with herbal medicines, food supplements and their constituents or food and be responsible for unexpected toxicity. National lists of herbal substances, other sources of information on herbal substances and EFSA guidelines are helpful in determination of potential risks when using food supplements dedicated to children containing plant parts as well as their preparations.


Magdalena Wawrzyniak

Botanical in foodstuff- food supplement or common food?

Lecture 5

Food & Pharma Legal Wawrzyniak Zalewska Radcy Prawni sp.j.

Botanical ingredients are often components of food products, also as dry botanicals not always as an extract, if such product can be classified as food supplement? What are the consequences of placing such product on the market as common food?

Session III


Marek Kieliszek, Ph.D.


Elżbieta Hać Szymańczuk, Ph.D.

Power in nature - extracts and essential oils from plants

Lecture 1

Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, Institute of Food Technology WULS-SGGW

Plants and active substances contained in them have been used by man since the dawn of time, while in recent years there has been a significant increase in the importance of extracts and essential oils obtained from them. The extracts are a composition of volatile and non-volatile flavors, dyes, resins and fats isolated by extraction. Essential oils, on the other hand, have a fragrance similar to raw materials, but they do not contain non-volatile ingredients. During the presentation, current trends in the use of extracts and essential oils in pharmacy, cosmetics industry and the food additives industry will be presented.


Grażyna Osęka, Iwona Kowalczyk-Andrzejewska

Hemp oil and other CBD preparations - current legal status

Lecture 2

Foodie Sp. z o.o. Sp.k.

True hemp (Cannabis sativa L.), also referred to as fibrous hemp, is grown in many countries for industrial purposes and, among other things, for human consumption. The plant contains a number of cannabinoids, including the most common ones: delta 9tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Since making use of components of Cannabis on principle always entails the risk of presence of psychotropic substances and other currently used for medical purposes.Bearing in mind the recommendations of the European Commission (EU), the  control authorities in the member states monitoring of the presence of cannabinoids in food products derived from true hemp.


Katarzyna Ratusz, Ph.D.

Cold pressed oils as a source of  gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

Lecture 3

Department of Food Technology and Quality Evaluation, Institute of Food Sciences,


Essential Fatty Acids (EFA), play a very important role in human metabolism. Theirs belong to exogenous compounds, which the human body cannot synthesize and therefore must be supplied with food. One of those extremely beneficial in the prevention and treatment of many diseases is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Its sources are well-known plants such as evening primrose, borage, black currant and hemp. Therefore, oils obtained from them, or their specific fractions, should be a component enriching our diet in GLA.


Prof. Iwona Wawer

Evaluation of hemp oil quality

Lecture 4

The State Higher Vocational

School in Krosno

Spectroscopic (NMR, FT IR) and chromatographic (GC, HPLC) methods were used to evaluate the quality of edible hemp oil. The oils should be characterised by fatty acid composition and cannabinoid content. NMR and FT IR allowed us to evaluate the ratio of ω-6 to ω -3 fatty acids, to distinguish oils with the highest level of γ-linolenic acid. The highest concentration of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids in hemp is found in the seed coat. Therefore, oil can absorb a certain amount of cannabinoids during cold pressing.


Katarzyna Samborska, Ph.D.

Drying of matrices containing biologically active compounds – honey powder case study

Lecture 6

Department of Food Engineering and Process, Institute of Food Technology


Spray drying will be characterized as a preferred method to obtain biologically active preparations in an attractive powdered form. An example of such a powdered preparation may be honey powder, which can be used as a valuable sugar substitute and an alternative form of natural honey. Its loose form facilitates storage and use, it can be found in many food products (e.g. instant drinks, spices, concentrates, sweets), as well as dietary supplements. The presentation will present a method of obtaining honey powder with high biological value.


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