Cyvex Nutrition Inc.’s Euro Black Currant extract has attained self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) status and can be safely used in a wide range of functional foods and beverages. The process involved an intensive review of safety and toxicology data by an independent panel of highly qualified experts. Black currant is a small, dark-purple—almost black— berry that is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals. Black currants are a more concentrated source of antioxidants, especially anthocyanins, than blackberries and blueberries. Cyvex's Euro Black Currant extract is standardized to 25% anthocyanins, making it one of the most potent berry extracts available on the market. “With this GRAS designation, manufacturers can now safely and easily incorporate Euro Black Currant to transform conventional food and beverage offerings into functional products that deliver powerful antioxidant benefits,” says Constance Ostler, director of sales and marketing for Cyvex. “Euro Black Currant is poised for tremendous market growth in the coming years, especially as consumer interest in antioxidant products remains strong.” Every Cyvex ingredient is guaranteed by the company's exclusive NutriPrint quality-assurance system, which includes identity testing of incoming raw materials through FT-NIR, third-party certification by independent laboratories for: active ingredients, microbiology, heavy metals and pesticide and solvent residue (when applicable).--Cyvex Nutrition