FDA Approves Color Additive for Foods, DrinksThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its color additive regulations to provide for the safe use of LycoMato[r] tomato lycopene extract as a color additive in foods. The ruling, effective August 26, 2005, adds the ingredient to the FDA's listing of Color Additives Exempt from Certification.
LycoMato is a standardized tomato oleoresin that contains a high concentration of lycopene, partially dissolved and mostly dispersed in tomato oil, as well as phytoene, phytofluene, b-carotene, tocopherols and phytosterols--tomato phytonutrients that act synergistically, enhancing the biological activity of the lycopene. The oleoresin is used as a source of lycopene in functional foods, and already is marketed as a food colorant in Europe and Japan. LycoRed Group, www.lycored.com
Innovative EssentialsAn essential mineral offers nutritional and functional benefits. Adding the various salt forms of phosphates as an important ingredient to various food applications not only leavens bread, acts as an emulsifier in dairy products, and prevents moisture loss in processed and frozen meats, but contributes to bone growth, repair of bodily tissue and metabolizing carbohydrates. Innophos offers both ingredients, prototype development and technical support to food manufacturers who want the benefits and healthy labeling associated with this essential ingredient. Innophos, 800-243-5052, firstname.lastname@example.org
Savory StartersGreat food starts with great beginnings. Get a head start with food bases from Custom Culinary. Whether your signature application requires the savory taste of Gold Label Savory Roasted[tm] Vegetable Base, the authentic meaty flavors of Gold Label Savory Roasted Beef or Chicken Bases, Custom Culinary guarantees consistent results, quality ingredients and simple-to-use formulations and packaging for a great finish. Custom Culinary, www.customculinary.com
Functional Carbo Receives EU ApprovalPalatinose[tm], also known under the generic name isomaltulose, is a unique sugar that can help reduce the glycemic and insulin response to foods. The ingredient has been approved by the European Commission for use in the European Union in all foods and beverages, according to the commission decision of July 25. In the U.S., Palatinose has generally-regarded-as-safe (GRAS) status, making it suitable for use in foods and beverages here as well.
Palatinose is exclusively derived from sucrose and can be found as a natural constituent of honey and sugar cane. The ingredient can be used in wellness, sports and functional ready-to-drink and instant formulas; healthy breakfast and dairy drinks; and nutritional bars or meal replacements. Palatinit, email@example.com, www.palatinit.com