July 18, 2005
Cyanotech Spirulina Free Of BCAA Toxin
KAILUA KONA, Hawaii
Spirulinaproduced by Cyanotech does not contain the neurotoxin b-N-methylamino-L-Alanine(BMAA), according to the company.
Testing on Cyanotechs Spirulina Pacifica performed atWright State University in Dayton, Ohio, showed the companys spirulinaingredient does not contain the neurotoxic amino acid. The testing was conductedin response to an article by Cox et al., Diverse taxa of cyanobacteriaproduce b-N-methylamino-L-Alanine, a neurotoxic amino acid, published in theApril issue of the Proceedings of the National Academyof Sciences (102:5074-5078), which suggestedcyanobacteria may contain potentially harmful BMAA.
The results of the test confirm that our Spirulina containsno trace of BMAA and we are pleased to provide this reassurance to our customersof the integrity of our products, said Gerald R. Cysewski, Ph.D., chairman,president and chief executive officer of Cyanotech. One of the primary goalsof Cyanotech is to offer microalgal products which provide high value to ourcustomers and this affirmation of the absence of detectable BMAA in ourSpirulina is further evidence of our commitment to quality and safety of ourproducts.
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