Stratum Nutrition's Artinia Considered Safe by EFSA

In the context of Regulation (EC) No. 258/97 and after an extensive scientific review, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (DNA) has determined that Stratum Nutrition's chitin-glucan novel food ingredient, branded ARTINIA(TM), is considered safe as a food ingredient at the proposed conditions of use and intake levels. ARTINIA (listed as KiOnutrime-CG(TM) in the EFSA's scientific opinion) is a high-purity, natural, fungal ingredient that features the benefits of both soluble and insoluble fibers.

As reviewed by the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies, the novel food ingredient is intended to be marketed as a food supplement, in the form of a powder in different formats such as gelatin capsules or tablets, to increase the daily intake of fiber. The intended intake of chitin-glucan is 2 to 5 g/day. At the highest dose administered in a 13-week rat study, i.e. equivalent to 6.6 g/kg body weight per day in males, no adverse effects were observed.

ARTINIA is a chitin-glucan fiber, derived from the mycelium of non-genetically-modified strains of Aspergillus niger, a microorganism employed in the food and pharmaceutical industries for the production of citric acid, and contains 80% dietary fiber, primarily insoluble. A 12-week animal and a 30-day human pilot study have been conducted concluding beneficial findings for arterial and overall hearth health. ARTINA supports clean, healthy arteries, the body's natural antioxidant systems, and has been shown to reduce the level of oxidized LDL. ARTINIA is obtained exclusively from renewable, non-GMO sources and is manufactured in a ISO-9001:2008 certified facility, Kosher and following HACCP method. ARTINIA is certified Kosher and Halal, hypoallergenic, and is suitable for vegetarian customers.

In early 2010, Stratum Nutrition established a strategic partnership with Belgium-based functional ingredient supplier KitoZyme to further advance the science, global sales and marketing of its KiOnutrime-CG chitin-glucan, now branded as ARTINIA. "We look forward to assisting our European customers in the development of products that utilize ARTINIA, an ingredient with solid intellectual property, strong scientific and clinical research and great potential in products designed to support arterial and overall heart health," stated Michael Faber, Business Manager in Europe and Asia for Stratum Nutrition. Stratum expects to see final approval on this novel food ingredient from the European Commission by October of 2010.

About Stratum Nutrition

Stratum Nutrition is improving the quality of life through food and supplement innovation. Stratum Nutrition, a Novus International Business, focuses on human nutrition through functional and specialty ingredients for manufacturers and marketers of foods, beverages and dietary supplements. Stratum leverages the Novus core competencies in nutritional research and innovation as well as the corporate commitment to protecting the environment by considering economic, environmental and social factors to ensure that its ingredients offer safe, efficient and sustainable health solutions. Stratum offers a portfolio of branded, value-added ingredients that are progressive, safe and reliable. These ingredients are based on consumer need, supported by science and the backing of a trusted multinational company. To learn more about Stratum Nutrition, please visit or contact [email protected]

About KitoZyme

KitoZyme S. A., founded in December 2000, is a spin-off of the University of Liège located in Herstal, Belgium. The company was created to capitalize on the great potential found in the field of fungal biopolymer extraction. Eight years of development and over €21.5 million of investment later, the KitoZyme team is now comprised of 56 individuals and produces innovative, environmentally-friendly functional ingredients manufactured nowhere else in the world. Its products are available for use by the nutraceutical, cosmetics, beverage, pharmaceutical and medical industries. To learn more about KitoZyme, visit h or contact [email protected]

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