F.D.A. favorable to GRAS status of energy nutrient

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Food and Drug Administration has reviewed submitted evidence and has no questions about the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status of D-ribose, a monosaccharide, for use in certain foods and beverages, according to Minneapolis-based Bioenergy, Inc.

"The F.D.A.’s ‘no questions letter’ signals to the major food and beverage manufacturers that we have invested all the resources possible to guarantee the quality and safety of our D-ribose products for the benefit of customers and consumers," said Dr. Raj Khankari, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Bioenergy, on Nov. 21.

The body uses D-ribose to stimulate the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an energy compound, according to Bioenergy. The company on Feb. 8 filed a GRAS notice with the F.D.A. about the use of D-ribose as an ingredient in beverages and beverage bases, coffee and tea, frozen dairy desserts and mixes, grain products and pasta, hard candy, milk products, processed fruits and fruit juices, processed vegetables and vegetable juices, and soft candy at levels ranging from 0.4% to 0.5%.

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