FDA approves GNT’s spirulina color petition

April 14, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved GNT USA Inc.’s Color Additive Petition (CAP) 2C0297, expanding the use of spirulina extract as a natural blue coloring ingredient in food and beverage applications. While the original regulation [21 CFR 73.530] limited the use of spirulina extract to candy and chewing gum, the amended regulation allows for the safe use of spirulina extract in: “frostings, ice cream and frozen desserts, dessert coatings and toppings, beverage mixes and powders, yogurts, custards, puddings, cottage cheese, gelatin, breadcrumbs, and ready-to-eat cereals (excluding extruded cereals).” 

“Many perceive spirulina as a new coloring product. However, because GNT was early to develop this product over 20 years ago, we not only have the required processing technology and production capacity to deliver our high-quality products across the globe, we also have vast technical expertise to make spirulina work in a great number of applications,” said Stefan Hake, GNT USA’s CEO. 

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