The fourth batch of EFSA evaluations regarding health claims under Article 13.1, called “general function” health claims, has just been published. Of the only 20% of submissions given positive opinions, maltitol, xylitol, sorbitol and mannitol polyols were all included. This is clearly good news for all the producers of these sweeteners but in particular for the Roquette group, the world’s no.1 in polyols.
According to Didier VIDEAU (Roquette’s Market Development Director in the Nutrition Business Unit), polyols are “genuine tools for decay prevention” that “have been key to the development and success of sugar-free chewing-gums. Today, EFSA’s latest opinion reinforces one of our strategic areas of development: Nutrition & Health, as it does the scientific work we dedicate to it.”
Last November*, Roquette was already delighted with EFSA’s favourable opinions regarding the dental health claim relating to no-added-sugars chewing gums. Moreover, the fact that the dental health benefits are independent of the type of polyol used corroborates the results of recent Roquette studies.
Roquette also regards EFSA’s latest opinion as an opportunity for its NUTRIOSE® soluble fibre. The latter is used, among others, to replace sugars, and possesses precisely the characteristics mentioned by EFSA.
Indeed, NUTRIOSE® is recognized as “tooth friendly” by the University of Zurich, and triggers a low glycaemic response compared to the glucose reference standard. In addition, NUTRIOSE® is particularly well tolerated and is considered as a food ingredient. Like all soluble fibres, its caloric value is 2kcal/g.
Characteristics like these, in combination with EFSA’s favourable opinion regarding the maintenance of tooth mineralisation and the glycaemic response reduction, are a significant boost for Roquette and its NUTRIOSE® soluble fibre.
Roquette is ready to do whatever is necessary to encourage the scientific assessment and identification of the benefits of its nutritional ingredients.
(*): Roquette press release of the 29.10.10 entitled: EFSA favourable opinions for chewing gums with no sugar added = A Support for Roquette, world leader in polyols. (2 positive opinions under article 14 about sugar-free chewing gums, neutralisation of dental plaque acids, and remineralisation of the tooth enamel)
The Roquette Group
Roquette is a private family business. With 78 years of experience to its name, it is the world leader in polyols and one of the major global players in the starch field (no.2 in Europe and no.4 internationally). The Group is represented in 30 locations worldwide, including 18 production plants. It employs over 6,000 people, of which 3,600 work in France.
In 2009 its turnover was 2.5 billion Euros and every year it processes about 6 million tonnes of renewable raw materials (maize, wheat, potato, peas and soon micro-algae) to create a range of over 650 starch-derived products for human and animal nutrition, and for the paper/board, pharmacy/cosmetology and biochemistry industries.
Keen to assert its independence and strengthen its leading position while both innovating and diversifying, the Roquette Group has chosen to develop in two strategic areas: nutrition-health and vegetal-based chemistry. In this connection it invests over 40 million euros a year in research and development and more than 10% of its turnover in production facilities.
Roquette is implementing a strategy of sustainable innovation that involves designing and developing ingredients, products and applications that reconcile environmental, economic and societal challenges. www.roquette.com