Indian supplier gets GRAS status for water soluble turmeric ingredient

By Hank Schultz

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Indian ingredient supplier Natural Remedies has announced a GRAS self-determination status for Turmacin, its branded turmeric ingredient.

Natural Remedies, which is based in Bangalore, India, said it used the services of Florida-based consultancy Soni & Associates to form its expert panel to vet the safety of its ingredient.  

Prolific GRAS panel participant

According to the Soni & Associates website, the company’s principal, Madhusudan Soni, PhD, is among the most prolific GRAS panel participants.  According to an assessment of the first 20 years of the GRAS notification procedure (1997-2017), Soni appeared on 48 such panels, which places him among the top five of such experts (tied for fifth place)​. 

The Soni & Associates website says he had performed 30 GRAS assessments in 2017-2018 alone.  Dr Soni’s CV lists his him as Fellow of the  Academy of Toxicological Sciences and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.

The expert panel headed by Dr Soni concluded that Turmacin, when used at maximum levels of 50 mg per serving (reference amounts customarily consumed, 21 CFR 101.12)  in foods such as non-alcoholic beverages, candies (excluding gummies, and chews), as well as bakery products (excluding breakfast bars), is safe for consumption. They also noted that total daily intake of Turmacin at 316 mg is safe.

“As consumer awareness and demand for Turmeric-based functional products rises, our journey to discover the next generation advanced turmeric ingredient, brought us the 100% naturally water soluble Turmacin, that is patented and backed with multiple clinical trials to support joint and cartilage health,” ​stated Suresh Lakshmikanthan, global head of human health business for Natural Remedies.   

Water soluble ingredient

Turmacin is unique among turmeric ingredients in that its is a water extract and does not contain curcuminoids. Rather, the ingredient is standardized to contain bioactive polysaccharides which the company brands as  ‘Turmerosaccharides.’

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