The first application is for phytosterols which are used by the food industry for their cholesterol-lowering properties. They are naturally present at low levels in vegetable oils and in food derived from such sources.
The second is for astaxanthin carotenoid which is found in Haematococcus pluvialis a microalgae that is part of the diet of fish or crustaceans (such as salmon and shrimps) and is responsible for the pink coloration of their flesh.
Further details of these applications can be found on the ACNFP webpages at the links below.
Both companies are seeking authorisation to sell their products on the basis that it is substantial equivalent to ingredients that are authorised to be marketed in the EU. The ACNFP has completed its assessment and is now asking for comments on the draft opinions, which can be found via the links below, before they are finalised by the Committee.
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