Food & Drug Administration approves LycoMato® as safe color additive

CAP ruling allows this branded tomato lycopene
extract to be used to color food and beverages

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its color additive regulations to provide for the safe use of LycoMato® tomato lycopene extract as a color additive in foods. This action is in response to a Color Additive Petition (CAP) filed by LycoRed Natural Products Industries. The ruling, effective August 26, 2005, adds LycoMato® to the FDA’s listing of Color Additives Exempt from Certification.

The FDA evaluated two LycoMato® concentrations: one containing not less than 5.5 percent lycopene (referred to as tomato lycopene extract); and the other containing not less than 60 percent lycopene (referred to as tomato lycopene concentrate). LycoRed’s patented manufacturing processes and related studies also were part of the evaluation process.

Lycopene is a truly natural food colorant, whose coloring ability depends on its concentration, the method of dispersion and formulation used. LycoMato® is already marketed as a food colorant in Europe and Japan. LycoMato®, a standardized tomato oleoresin, contains a high concentration of lycopene, partially dissolved and mostly dispersed in tomato oil, as well as phytoene, phytofluene, â-carotene, tocopherols and phytosterols -- tomato phytonutrients that act synergistically, enhancing the biological activity of the lycopene. The oleoresin is used as a source of lycopene in functional foods.

The LycoRed Group is headquartered in Beer Sheva Israel, with offices and subsidiaries in the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and Germany. LycoRed Natural Products Industries Ltd, founded in Israel in 1995, is the manufacturer of LycoMato® the only all-natural tomato lycopene complex. Please see for more information.

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