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Streptococcus thermophilus (TH-4®)

Facts about Streptococcus thermophilus (TH-4®)

  • Identified as Streptococcus thermophilus 

  • Originates from Chr. Hansen’s collection of dairy cultures

  • TH-4® is a registered trademark of Chr. Hansen A/S

  • Used worldwide since around 1981 as a traditional starter culture for fermented food and recently also in food supplements for children, with no reported consumer illness or injury

  • Tested in clinical studies infants to adults, with no reported serious adverse events

Well-documented strain 

Streptococcus thermophilus (TH-4®) has been used for a long time and is regarded as safe based on its long history of use. The strain is considered Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. In Europe, Streptococcus thermophilus has been granted Qualified Presumption of Safety (QPS) status since 2007 by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) – a status granted on species level.


Clinical studies 

Clinical studies and scientific publications indicate that the TH-4® probiotic strain, in combination with the Bifidobacterium, BB-12® probiotic strain, may have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal and immune function: 

  • May reduce crying, fussiness and irritability1
  • May reduce the risk of an upset stomach2

Nothing on this page is meant to be perceived as an approved claim.

Your opportunities 

We offer Streptococcus thermophilus (TH-4®) for dietary supplements and infant formula. Please contact us for more information about the probiotic strain.

Saavedra et al. 2004
Saavedra et al. 1994



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