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Nutritional Outlook, September 2013

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agency is also setting limits for lead, arsenic, mercury, and a waterborne toxin called microcystin in any spirulina product intended for coloring. With spirulina now an FDA-approved color, the doors are open for multiple ingredient suppliers eager to sell their own spirulina color, including Chr. Hansen (Milwaukee), Valensa International (Eustis, FL), and GNT USA Inc. (Redwood City, CA). EFSA: Diet the Primary Source of BPA Exposure Spirulina now has FDA-approved colorant status for candies and chewing gums, and a petition is pending for its use as a colorant of non-confectionery foods. FDA's approval of spirulina is backed by multiple toxicity tests that were provided by Mars Inc. Te In keeping with its promise to issue a more detailed analysis of human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), EFSA recently issued fndings that confrm diet to be the major source of human BPA exposure. But BPA exposure is lower than estimates issued in 2006, according to the new data. Because exposure seems lower than it was in 2006, EFSA is making signifcant re- fnements to its exposure estimates. Infants and toddlers (aged 6 months to 3 years) are believed to be exposed to an average 375 ng/ kg of body weight daily, while those 18 years of age and older are estimated for exposure of just 132 ng/kg of bodyweight daily. EFSA says such estimates make up less than 1% of the 2006 Tolerable Daily Intake for BPA, which was set at 0.05 mg/kg of bodyweight daily. EFSA scientists found dietary exposure to BPA to be the highest among children ages 3 to 10 years. And canned food and noncanned meat products were identifed as the biggest contributors of food-sourced BPA to the human body. To arrive at exposure estimates, EFSA's Scientifc Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavorings, and Processing Aids (the CEF Panel) analyzed urine samples within the EU population, and identifed and quantifed BPA absorbed from individual sources of food and non-food products, GoSuGarBarGo/iStockphoto.com NewsWatch TM Celebrating Our 25th Year in Business! Since 1988, BIO-CAT has dedicated itself to providing the highest quality products and most personalized service to support all of your enzyme needs. Our recent R&D expansion further enhances our ability to assist you. So, whether you need custom blends or single enzymes, contact BIO-CAT. 877.912.4622 www.bio-cat.com magenta cyan yellow black ES317746_NO1309_014.pgs 09.10.2013 00:59 UBM

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