Functional Technologies (OTC Other: FEBTF; TSX-V: FEB) has submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notification for the Company’s acrylamide-preventing (AP) yeast. Functional Technologies’ subsidiary, Phyterra Yeast Inc., submitted the application to the FDA on the view that this yeast is considered GRAS for use in reducing asparagine levels and thereby preventing the formation of acrylamide during heat-related processing of a variety of foods including grain- and vegetable-based food products (e.g. breads, biscuits, processed potato products, crackers, cereals, etc.).
According to Howard Louie, the Company’s Executive Chairman, “The submission of our GRAS notification to the FDA for our proprietary acrylamide-preventing yeast, as well as any other regulatory applications we may make in the future, are fundamental to Functional Technologies’ demonstration of its commitment towards ensuring safety and quality of the products we have or intend to release to the market.”