Original Articles: PDF OnlySAFETY OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS WITH VIABLE LACTOBACILLUS STRAINSSaxelin, M.; Rautelin, H.; Salminen, S.; Mäkelä, P. H.Author Information Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, University of Turko, Finland Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: June 1996 - Volume 5 - Issue 5 - p 331-335 Free Abstract Twelve blood culture isolates initially identified as lactobacilli were analyzed for their carbohydrate fermentation patterns and compared with isolates from dairy products, including common dairy starter strains and naturally occurring strains in cheese, as well as a pharmaceutical strain. The clinical isolates represented all lactobacillar isolates from 5192 blood cultures in southern Finland (population ∼2.5 million) from 1989–1994. None was identical to any of the commercial Lactobacillus strains or natural isolates from dairy products. The lack of human bacteremic infections associated with dairy Lactobacillus starins during the 6-year period provides strong support for the safety of currently used products. © Williams & Wilkins 1996. All Rights Reserved.