Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that is found in H. pluvialis. This microalgae is part of the diet of fish or crustaceans (e.g. salmon, shrimps) and is responsible for the pink coloration in their flesh, through the ingestion of astaxanthin.
Parry Nutraceuticals currently market a H. pluvialis algae cell powder, rich in astaxanthin, which they export to a number of countries, including EU Member States. The applicant intends to produce softgel capsules for use as dietary supplements containing up to 4mg of astaxanthin.
In all cases to date, the Commission has required that the applicant first obtain an opinion on substantial equivalence from a Member State. Parry Nutraceuticals requested such an opinion from the UK Competent Authority on the equivalence of its extract to the astaxanthin oleoresin product currently on the market
Any comments on this application should be sent to the ACNFP Secretariat by 1 March 2009 and will be passed to the Committee when it begins its assessment of this novel food ingredient.
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