"Albert Flynn, who chairs the [EU] agency panel that considered the claims, said the first stage was to look at general health claims for the products. It will next look at more specific claims from individual manufacturers
While I think it's important to look into the claims, as they intend to, I find it a bit dishonest the way the article is worded in some places to imply that science has failed to prove it, rather than specific studies and appropriate paperwork by the companies being the issue.
It comes off as saying that 'probiotics don't do what they claim', rather than 'probiotic marketing hasn't gotten its ducks in a row to prove it does what it claims.' Danone says it can show 37 studies on the issue. Tonington has talked about probiotic applications in other areas previously on this board.
And from personal experience, my doctor's orders of making sure to eat active bacteria yogurts (no, you don't need the specially marketed ones... any active bacteria yogurt does essentially the same thing), when taking anti-b's, helps stave off some of the nasty side effects.