Cosun Beet Company, Ingredion Incorporated, Matsutani Chemical Industry and Samyang Corporation announce consortium to help bring to the EU and UK markets allulose and support its nutritional labelling as a carbohydrate.
Companies seeking approval of allulose in Europe who are interested in joining the Allulose Novel Food Consortium (ANFC) are encouraged to contact the group.
Allulose is authorized as a food ingredient in many countries worldwide, including Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, and the U.S.
It is also under regulatory evaluation in several other countries and regions.
Having European approval for allulose will provide additional business opportunities
within Asia Pacific, as two members of the consortium are based in the region, Matsutani in Japan and Samyang in Korea.
Currently, allulose is FEMA (Flavor Extract Manufacturers Association) GRAS
(Generally Recognized As Safe) for use as a flavoring in beverages and milk products.
ANFC’s members believe that a European Union (EU and UK) novel food application could accelerate the approval process, providing time and cost savings for members.
In addition, members anticipate that approval of allulose as a novel food ingredient would benefit European and global food industries because of its potential as much more than just a low-calorie sweetening ingredient.
EU regulatory approval would also be very influential to other international
food regulators bringing this novel food ingredient to the market.
The development of reduced calorie/reduced-sugar foods could also support any government policies for sugar reduction.
ANFC’s next goal is to petition for the exemption of allulose from sugar labelling in the EU/UK market, as per the situation in the U.S. and South Korea.