Sabinsa Corporation Receives GRAS Status For Its Branded Ingredient Lactospore

Sabinsa Corporation received Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status for its branded probiotic ingredient LactoSpore® – sp. Bacillus coagulans, after a comprehensive review of safety and toxicology data by an independent panel of scientists with international repute assembled by Soni & Associates, Inc.

This GRAS status allows the manufacturer additional freedom to add LactoSpore® as a probiotic in a variety of foods and beverages ranging from baked goods to milk products, soups, snacks, candy, non-alcoholic beverages and even instant tea and coffee.

LactoSpore® is the original room-temperature stable Probiotic introduced by Sabinsa over 10 years ago. As Lakshmi Prakash, Ph.D., VP of Innovation and Business Development for Sabinsa noted, “Lactospore is particularly valued by our customers for its convenient storage and handling attributes. The fact that this clinically validated probiotic culture does not need refrigeration to help retain its healthful properties is attractive to formulators and consumers alike”. Shaheen Majeed, Marketing Director, added, “Achieving GRAS status highlights our ongoing commitment to ensuring regulatory compliance for our customers, as well as our dedication to developing highly functional and safe ingredients that become cornerstones of our customer’s products.”

LacotSpore®, sp. Bacillus coagulans, formerly known as Lactobacillus sporogenes is a shelf stable (at room temperature) probiotic, with clinically documented efficacy in supporting health and wellness. It was originally isolated from a food source (green malt) in Japan. Being in sporulated form, the culture survives and proliferates in the gastrointestinal environment unlike vegetative cells that may be destroyed under these conditions. The culture produces only the beneficial L-(+) form of lactic acid in the gastrointestinal tract.

Probiotics are now clinically proven to have a number of health benefits including usefulness in irritable bowel syndrome, allergic conditions, skin health maintenance, and dental health maintenance, in supporting healthy blood pressure levels, immune functions and liver functions pain/ inflammation relief support, in the management of vaginal infections, and in supporting cardiovascular health and wellness. The category is growing in popularity amid increased consumer understanding and acceptance of the benefits of probiotics.

Sabinsa's mission is to provide alternative and complementary natural products for human nutrition and well-being. Over the past 20 years, Sabinsa has brought to market more than 100 standardized botanical extracts and privately funded several clinical studies in conjunction with prestigious institutions in support of these products. With more than 100+ scientists working full time conducting ongoing research both in India and the United States, Sabinsa continues to develop and patent phytonutrients for the world market. All products intended for human consumption are certified Kosher, with some certified Halal.

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