August 9, 2012
BEER SHEVA, IsraelLycoRed has been granted a European patent for its proprietary process to extract Lyc-O-Mato® oleoresin from tomatoes. The new patent is similar to those granted in other regions, including the United States, and adds to the extensive intellectual property held by LycoRed for its natural products and their application and indications.
The process granted the new European patent is the basis for the Novel Food approval" of this tomato extract and for its food additive status in Europe. It is also the basis for the GRAS affirmation and for the Color Additive Petition in the United States.
This is important news for the food and beverage industries, where fortifying foods with ingredients offering added health benefits is a key to higher profits," said Yoav Blatt, Ph.D., chief technology officer for LycoRed. Food manufacturers should always be cautious when choosing an ingredient purported to provide health benefits."
Lyc-O-Mato contains a specific proprietary natural composition of tomato lycopene and other tomato phytonutrients, including phytoene, phytofluene, tocopherols, phytosterols and beta-carotene. Clinical studies have shown greater intake of lycopene from tomatoes is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and may also offer additional benefits in blood pressure management.
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