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Fuji astaxanthin earns GRAS go-ahead

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Fuji Chemical Industry Co. can use AstaREAL astaxanthin in food and beverage applications, following FDA's letter of no objection to the ingredient's generally recognized as safe status. Fuji said Jan. 12 the agency's tacit approval increases U.S. marketing opportunities and global awareness of astaxanthin, a carotenoid antioxidant found in seafood. Charles DePrince, president of the Japanese pharmaceutical company's U.S. subsidiary in Burlington, N.J., said in a release that the firm is committed to quality and safety, and the GRAS notification Fuji submitted in July 2009 includes purity specifications unique to AstaREAL

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