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BASF BASF Bar Association of San Francisco (since 1872; San Francisco, California)
BASF Badische Anilin und Soda Fabrik (German chemical products company)
BASF Builders Association of South Florida
 has cleared an important regulatory hurdle in the authorization of its LycoVit[R] lycopene lycopene /ly·co·pene/ (li´ko-pen) the red carotenoid pigment of tomatoes and various berries and fruits.

ly·co·pene
n.
 formulations in the European Union.

The European Commission's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has approved the marketing throughout the European Union. Formal adoption of the decision by the European Commission is expected shortly.

The carotenoid Carotenoid

Any of a class of yellow, orange, red, and purple pigments that are widely distributed in nature. Carotenoids are generally fat-soluble unless they are complexed with proteins.
 lycopene is responsible for the red color of tomatoes, water melons and grapefruit. LycoVit from BASF is natureidentical lycopene, it is specially manufactured for addition to foodstuffs foodstuffs nplcomestibles mpl

foodstuffs npldenrées fpl alimentaires

foodstuffs food npl
.

BASF has marketed LycoVit globally for years and it is used in numerous foodsexcept in the member states of the European Union. In the U.S., lycopene formulations have been recognized as safe for use as food additives since 2003.

"We really welcome the decision of the Standing Committee. The European Food Safety Authority The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), an agency of the European Union, began operating in 2002. Its permanent home is in Parma, Italy.

Its primary responsibility is to provide independent scientific advice on all matters concerning food safety.
 (EFSA EFSA European Food Safety Authority
EFSA European Federation of Sea Anglers
EFSA European Food Safety Association
) already confirmed the safety of LycoVit last April," says Dr. Bernd Haber, who is responsible for regulatory affairs in BASF's Nutrition Ingredients Business Unit. "Consumers in the European Union will benefit from the approval because they will now be able to choose for themselves whether to take this physiologically important nutrient as a dietary supplement or in fortified functional foods."

The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health is concerned with the safety of foodstuffs in the countries of the European Union. It consists of representatives of the member states and is chaired by a representative of the Commission. The Committee's mandate covers the entire food supply chain, ranging from animal health issues on the farm to the consumer.
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