February 2, 2012
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.Blue California has successfully completed self-affirmed GRAS certification for its BlueSweet LHG (Luo Han Guo) extract, confirmed by a panel of experts. The self-affirmed GRAS status is based on FDA requirements for safety of ingredients used in food products. Derived from LHG, also called monkfruit, BlueSweet is standardized to mogroside V, a natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. According to the company, BlueSweet LHG can be used in products such as protein powders, nutritional bars, beverages, cereals, desserts, yogurts, chewing gum, candies, chocolates, in fact, any food product that requires sweetness and can benefit from reduced calories.
We are very pleased to introduce yet another superb natural sweetener for food and beverage applications," said Cecilia McCollum, executive vice president of Blue California. "We are focused on expanding our food ingredients division and helping customers meet the growing consumer demand for natural sweeteners and flavors.
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