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ENOVITA® gets GRAS Assessment

Indena’s grape seed extract Enovita® Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for use in food.

Milan, May 28th, 2014 – Indena announces today that its grape seed extract Enovita® obtained self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for use as food ingredient in a number of food categories including beverages and beverage bases, breakfast cereals, fats and oils, frozen dairy desserts and mixes, grain products and pastas, milk – whole and skim – milk products, and processed fruits and fruit juices, at levels up to 291 mg per person per day.
The safety assessment focused on the addition of the extract to a variety of conventional foods to function as an antioxidant and/or emulsifier.

The safety profile of Enovita® is supported by broad-based documentation, including animal studies, metabolism studies, human experience, in vitro studies and refined chemical characterization. Enovita®’s production facility has been inspected by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition of the FDA for compliance to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and ensures full traceability from grape harvest to the finished product.
Using only water as extraction solvent, Enovita® is a food grade grape seed extract whose development has capitalized on Indena’s 40 years’ experience in grape seed extract production.

Enovita®, a proprietary proanthocyanidin (OPCs) rich extract, is a natural antioxidant and capillarotropic, made exclusively with grape seeds from white wine production. It is standardized to provide ≥95.0% of proanthocyanidins by spectrophotometry, ≥5.0% ≤15.0% of catechin and epicatechin by HPLC.

Enovita® is produced according to Indena30® Quality system under HACCP conditions in a GMPs and ISO 14001 certified facility. Furthermore Enovita® is Halal and Kosher certified and its environmental friendly production process is designed to minimize the production of waste.

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About GRAS
The acronym GRAS stands for Generally Recognized As Safe. GRAS is a procedure to acknowledge food safety unique to the United States. Substances affirmed as GRAS are widely considered, not only in the United States but also internationally, as food or food ingredients whose safety has been recognized after rigorous scientific review. It is considered desirable for food and food ingredients for sale to be recognized as GRAS substances.

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