Touchi extract (TE) is a protein-rich powder obtained from the fermentation of small soybeans with Aspergillus oryzae. The ingredient contains an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor and is intended to be consumed by those who wish to slow the breakdown of carbohydrates.
TE is similar to black bean sauce that has been on the market in the European Union for many years. One portion of black bean sauce contains 15g of fermented black beans, which corresponds to 4.5g of the novel food ingredient on extraction.
TE is intended to be marketed as a food supplement and a tea/soup style formulation at levels that would not exceed 4.5g per daily serving/dose.
Before any new food product can be introduced on the European market, it must be rigorously assessed for safety. In the UK, the assessment of novel foods is carried out by an independent committee of scientists appointed by the Food Standards Agency, the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).
Following an initial public consultation on the application and the discussion of this application by the ACNFP at its meetings between July and November 2008, the Committee has formulated a positive initial opinion on this Touchi extract ingredient.