February 18/Haifa, Israel/Algatechnologies Press Release -- Algatechnologies announced its AstaPure® brand has obtained GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status from the FDA for use in food and beverages applications.

"Our AstaPure brand has been successfully applied for several years as an active ingredient in dietary supplements, foods and beverages in Japan," says Efrat Kat, Director, Marketing & Sales at Algatechnologies. "Achieving GRAS status and meeting the highest regulatory requirements in the U.S. is a major accomplishment, designed to support our customers in their food and beverage innovations utilizing the recognized health benefits of astaxanthin."

"Algatechnologies is a leading manufacturer of natural astaxanthin and the only supplier using entirely closed cultivation systems, totally exposed to the natural sun-light. Moreover, 100% of Algatechnologies' products are manufactured using super-critical CO2 technology, obtaining 10% astaxanthin in oleoresin form, with no solvent extractions.

"During recent years, we invested millions of dollars to standardize our manufacturing processes, increase yields and positioning Algatechnologies to guarantee increasing customer demands," reports Hagay Tzur, Algatechnologies’s CEO. "GRAS status will strengthen the AstaPure brand.” In 2011, the company plans to expand production capacity by an additional 50%, further noting. Algatechnologies holds ISO 9001/2000, HACCP accreditations; is GMP and Kosher certified.

From the February 21, 2011, Prepared Foods E-dition