Superba Safe for Foods

February 28, 2011

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Superba Safe for Foods

OSLO, NorwaySuperba krill oil earned GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status after an independent panel of recognized experts determined it to be safe for use as a human food ingredient, according to Aker BioMarine Antarctic. The panel conducted a critical review of extensive safety, toxicology and clinical research data obtained from animal and human testing, based on scientific procedures and safety assessment criteria established by FDA. 

"Safety is of course the most important factor for food ingredients, and this GRAS finding by independent experts is an important validation of Superba's safety for foods and supplements," stated Nils Hoem, PhD, chief scientist at Aker BioMarine.  "The safety of Superba krill oil has been exhaustively demonstrated, and this GRAS process is an important step in validating the studies we have conducted on our products.  Superba is a minimally processed whole food harvested from the pristine Antarctic waters."

 The high-phospholipid krill ingredients are intended for use as a source of omega-3 fatty acids in a number of food categories including beverages, cereals, cheese, dairy products and other nutritional foods. The company is actively exploring functional food applications in the United States as well as in Europe where Superba Krill Oil is recognized as safe under the Novel Foods regulation.

"The health benefits demonstrated by Superba Krill phospholipid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in clinical research will now be available in food applications," stated Hoem.  "Now the superior bio-efficiency, tolerability, and stability provided by krill's phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids will benefit consumers in convenient food products."

Aker's proprietary Eco-Harvesting technology and on-board processing result in the unique composition of Superba krill oil and provide full traceability from sea to shelf.  The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has granted MSC Certification to Aker's fisheries. Aker said it continues to sponsor in vitro, in vivo and human clinical trials with phospholipid EPA and DHA from krill oil, consistently demonstrating a higher uptake of phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids, improved blood lipid profiles, and increased uptake of DHA in brain tissue compared to other omega-3 fatty acid sources. 

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