Prebiotic ingredient receives GRAS status

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MEPPEL, THE NETHERLANDS — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status to the prebiotic ingredient Vivinal GOS, Meppel-based Friesland Foods Domo said Sept. 5. The ingredient is rich in galacto-oligosaccharides, according to Friesland Foods. It may stimulate the growth of health-promoting bifidobacteria, improve calcium absorption and serve as a source of fiber.

Friesland Foods had filed a petition Nov. 7, 2007, with the F.D.A. seeking GRAS status for Vivinal GOS for use as an ingredient in bars, yogurt, frozen dairy desserts, fruit drinks, energy drinks, fitness waters, thirst quenchers, fruit pie filling, fruit prep, jelly, jam, infant meal replacement drinks, baby juice, baby yogurt drinks, baby desserts, baby snacks, milk, milk drinks, syrup flavoring for milk, meal replacement drinks, milk substitutes at levels ranging from 1 to 7 grams per serving, and in term infant formula at a level of 8 grams per liter.

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