Three New Food Ingredients are Publicly Solicited for Opinions

On March 1, 2024, the National Food Safety Risk Assessment Center publicly solicited opinions on three new food ingredients: maritime pine bark extract, Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis M-63, and N-acetylglucosamine. Deadline for comments: April 1, 2024.

Maritime pine bark extract is a substance extracted from the bark of Pinus pinaster Aiton. The European Union approves the use of maritime pine bark as a dietary supplement. Bifidobacterium longum subspecies longum M-63 was isolated from the intestinal tract of healthy infants. This strain is managed as a “generally recognized as safe substance (GRAS)” in the United States and can be used in infant and young child foods and general foods. South Korea allows N-acetylglucosamine to be used as a food raw material; Canada approves its use as a natural health food; Taiwan has already used it as a food raw material. (Source: Shiyanhui FTA)

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