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Recent certifications & approvals.

Indena's French production site in Tours, France, has successfully passed U.S. FDA inspection, with no FDA-483 issued, as per the EIR (Establishment Inspection Report) received from the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition of the FDA. This confirmed the company meets the new requirements mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The inspection involved the entire organization and focused on manufacturing operations, HACCP, sanitation, cleaning, recall, complaint and training program and procedures.

Zurich Switzerland-based Barry Callebaut, has received approval from the EU Commission for its health claim submission on cocoa flavanols (Regulation No. 851/2013), following the positive Scientific Opinion issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in July 2012. The company received the right to use the health claim that "cocoa flavanols help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, which contributes to normal blood flow"--the first in the cocoa and chocolate industry. Barry Callebaut was able to provide evidence that the daily intake of 200 mg of cocoa flavanols (provided by 2.5 grams ACTICOA cocoa powder or 10 grams ACTICOA dark chocolate) supports healthy blood circulation by helping to maintain the elasticity of the blood vessels. Barry Callebaut now has the proprietary right to use the cocoa flavanols claim within EU countries.

PureCircle, Oak Brook, IL, has been issued a No Objection letter from FDA for the use of its Rebaudioside D (Reb D) as a general purpose sweetener for foods and beverages in the U.S. The GRAS confirmation of PureCircle's Reb D arrived on the heels of the company's GRAS submission for Rebaudioside X (Reb X,). With GRAS affirmation, PureCircle is prepared for immediate commercialization of Reb D.

HerbaKraft, Piscataway, NJ, supplier of lab-validated raw materials for dietary supplements, cosmeceuticals and functional foods, has earned NSF International Dietary Supplement GMP facility registration. HerbaKraft said it is focused on the development of lab-validated quality ingredients.

Borregaard's Vanillin and Ethyl Vanillin plant in Norway has obtained the food-safety certification FSSC22000. Borregaard is a biorefinery and producer of wood based Vanillin. The company is certified with ISO 9001-Quality management systems, ISO 14001-Environmental management systems. FSSC 22000-Management systems for food safety and ISO 50001-Energy management systems.

Taiyo's Sunphenon green tea manufacturing facility in Minneapolis, MN, has achieved Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 certification, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), from Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). FSSC 22000 is a complete independent food-safety certification developed to address prerequisite program requirements for food product and ingredient manufacturers. It is recognized by the GFSI and is supported by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union and the American Grocery Manufacturing Association. GFSI-recognized certification ensures continuous improvement in food-safety management systems and delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.

Health Canada has issued Natural Product Numbers (NPNs) for the ingredients Synetrim CQ (NPN 80039015), Synetrim Pro 300 (NPN 80041775) and WellTrim iG (NPN 80038995) from Icon Group. LLC, Brattleboro, VT. The new issuances allow these ingredients to be sold throughout Canada. All three ingredients are multi-patented and clinically proven in double-blind, placebo-controlled, human clinical trials, according to the company, and are sold in the U.S. for metabolic wellness and weight management.

Brassica Protection Products LLC, Baltimore, MD, has received a favorable review from an independent panel of experts assessing the company's Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) notification for the use of its SGS broccoli seed extract in foods. Although this finding of GRAS status is not necessarily supported by FDA, the independent panel of experts reviewed the data using the same stringent review process, and evaluated the same issues, as would the FDA. SGS broccoli seed extract is a natural source of glucoraphanin, a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables. Glucoraphanin is the precursor to sulforaphane, a potent natural inducer of Phase 2 detoxification enzymes. These enzymes eliminate many types of free radicals and environmental pollutants and trigger ongoing antioxidant action.
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Title Annotation:Industry News
Publication:Nutraceuticals World
Date:Oct 1, 2013
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