DSM Nutritional Products (Parsippany, N.J.) has reached agreement with Swedish Oat Fiber (SOF, Bua, Sweden) to acquire the OatWell portfolio of oat bran ingredients rich in beta glucan, a water-soluble dietary fiber. The deal also means that DSM will assume sales and marketing activities from SOF’s subsidiary CreaNutrition. SOF will continue to produce OatWell products at its factory in Sweden. OatWell ingredients are sold to food, beverage and dietary supplement manufacturers seeking to add health benefits to their products. In 2011 the European Food Safety Authority certified the cholesterol-reducing effect of OatWell oat beta-glucan. In 1997 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved a heart health claim for soluble fiber from certain foods and lists oat bran as an eligible source.
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