Frutarom extract to remove polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

By Noli Dinkovski

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Frutarom extract to remove polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

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Frutarom Health has responded to new regulations that prevent polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other contaminants in food supplements with an updated natural ingredients line.

Its EFLA HyperPure is a selected range of extracts, all produced using proprietary technology. The extracts are derived from raw materials especially susceptible to contamination by PAHs. By using the HyperPure technology, Frutarom Health says it ensures the removal of these contaminants.

PAH levels

The EU recently published the 2015/1933 PAH regulation, which includes maximum levels of PAHs in food supplements. The high levels of PAHs found in certain food supplements containing, or derived from, botanical ingredients, has led to the establishment of maximum levels for PAHs in these products to protect health.

“Many botanical ingredients could have difficulty complying with this new regulation​,” warns Matthias Kreuter, chief strategy officer at Frutarom Health.

Few techniques

“Until now, only a few techniques enabling the removal of contaminants were available, for example, application of supercritical carbon dioxide, activated charcoal, and hexane. But these techniques involve non-selective processes that can cause the loss of active ingredients and can be harmful to the environment or pose a risk of toxicity.”

Along with PAHs, HyperPure allows for the “highly selective”​ removal of contaminants, including pesticides, and unsaturated fatty acids that undergo rapid peroxidation.

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