Sabinsa self-affirms probiotic as GRAS

by Jeff Gelski
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Sabinsa Corp. has received self-affirmed Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status for its branded probiotic ingredient LactoSpore (sp. Bacillus coagulans) for use in a variety of foods, including baked foods, dairy products, soups, snacks, confectionery, non-alcoholic beverages, instant tea and coffee. An independent panel of scientists assembled by Soni & Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting and engineering firm based in Lake Villa, Ill., reviewed safety and toxicology data on LacotSpore before affirming it as GRAS.

Since it is in sporulated form, LactoSpore survives and proliferates in the gastro-intestinal environment unlike vegetative cells that may be destroyed under those conditions, according to Sabinsa.

"LactoSpore is particularly valued by our customers for its convenient storage and handling attributes," said Dr. Lakshmi Prakash, Ph.D., vice-president of innovation and development for Piscataway-based Sabinsa. "The fact that this clinically validated probiotic culture does not need refrigeration to help retain its healthful properties is attractive to formulators and consumers alike."

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