Indena's curcumin phospholipid, Meriva, gets GRAS status

it can be safely used as a flavour enhancer and/or nutrient ingredient in yoghurts, smoothies, nutrition bars and medical foods

Indena has received another important acknowledgement that supports the safety profile of its products.

Its curcumin phospholipid (Meriva) obtained self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status for use as a flavour, flavour enhancer and/or as a nutrient ingredient in yoghurts, smoothies, nutrition bars and medical foods.

The safety evaluation was undertaken by an expert panel in accordance with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety criteria. It concluded that curcumin phospholipid products manufactured by Indena, and being used in accordance with the designated food uses and the use levels described, are GRAS.

The safety profile of Indena’s curcumin phospholipid (Meriva) is supported by broad-based documentation, including animal studies, metabolism studies, estimated human exposure, in vitro studies and refined chemical characterisation.

'Meriva is the most successful Phytosome formulation ever developed by Indena among its nutraceutical ingredients. Supported by 22 clinical trials, it is now proven to be safe for use in conventional food. In fact, safety and efficacy of our products have always been a strong commitment for Indena,' commented Cosimo Palumbo, Sales Area Manager North America at Indena. 'Our expertise in research and innovation and our care throughout the manufacturing process ensure the use of the high quality standards that are needed to develop best in class products.'

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