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Des Moines, IA, United States, 2011/10/11 - After evaluating available data, an independent panel of scientific experts concluded that AssuriTEA Wellbeing, meeting food grade applications, is GRAS based on scientific procedures under the conditions of use proposed by Kemin - Kemin.com.
This allows AssuriTEA Wellbeing, already available as a dietary ingredient for use in dietary supplements, also to be used in a wide variety of foods and beverages, including: cereal, nutrition and energy bars, soft drinks, sports and isotonic drinks, energy beverages, fruit and vegetable juices, meal replacements and soft candies.
"The expanded GRAS status of AssuriTEA Wellbeing comes at a key time when there is a growing interest among conventional food manufacturers to formulate with ingredients that can contribute established health benefits to their products," says Linda Fullmer, senior vice president of Kemin's nutraceutical business.
Tea is well supported in the scientific literature for its antioxidant and other important health benefits and has been consumed safely for decades. Antioxidants are nutrients that prevent or reduce oxidative damage that occurs daily in the body. AssuriTEA Wellbeing contains the broad spectrum composition and antioxidant profile of natural brewed teas to promote general health and wellbeing.
"The constant on-the-go lifestyle many of us lead makes it difficult to get the necessary nutrients we need to remain healthy," says Fullmer. "More and more, consumers are looking for and purchasing foods and beverages with nutrients that provide additional health benefits. We look forward to working with food and beverage companies to offer consumers the established antioxidant benefits of green and black teas through the convenience of conventional foods formulated with AssuriTEA Wellbeing."
AssuriTEA™ Wellbeing is a proprietary blend of aqueous extracts of green and black tea produced under Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP). The green tea and black tea plant varieties are carefully selected to provide a wide range of naturally occurring antioxidants, which work in a complimentary manner to provide enhanced antioxidant protection. AssuriTEA offers the advantage of being an aqueous rather than solvent extracted ingredient, making it World Friendly™ for use in global markets.
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About Kemin - Inspired Molecular Solutions™
Founded in 1961, Kemin Industries (kemin.com) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of providing "inspired molecular solutions" specifically developed to provide nutrition and health benefits for humans and animals. Kemin distributes approximately 500 specialty ingredients worldwide to the feed and food industries as well as to the health, nutrition and beauty markets. Kemin ingredients positively impact approximately 1.4 billion people a day.
A global, privately-held corporation headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa (USA), Kemin has experienced double-digit growth in the last several years. The company has more than 1,400 employees and operates in 60 countries with manufacturing.