Ocean Spray to collaborate on PACs project

by Jeff Gelski
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LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, MASS. — Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. and Complete Phytochemical Solutions, L.L.C. plan to collaborate on a project to improve the accuracy of measuring and quantifying proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries. Scientific studies have shown cranberries contain A-type PACs that may help reduce the adhesion of certain E. coli bacteria to urinary tract walls, according to Ocean Spray Cranberries, based in Lakeville-Middleboro.

The project seeks to develop a cranberry-based/cranberry-specific PAC standard as an alternative to the Procyanidin A2 (dimer) standard used in the DMAC method. Quantifying the PAC content in cranberry products helps to establish dose guidelines for consumers.

“Since DMAC is now considered to be the industry standard method, we are committed to improving its accuracy for all cranberry products by developing a more robust, commercially available cranberry PAC standard,” said Amy Howell, an associate research scientist at Rutgers University and a member of the project team. “We are proud to partner with leading cranberry supplier, Ocean Spray, on this initiative. We anticipate this new methodology will provide more confidence for suppliers, consumers and regulatory agencies in the assessment of PAC content which will have a significant impact on the cranberry industry.”

Ocean Spray Cranberries will fund the project with Complete Phytochemical Solutions, a company based in Cambridge, Wis., that provides intellectual and technical expertise in phytochemistry.

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