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Abscisic Acid Receives GRAS Approval

BLACKSBURG, Va., October 21, 2016 – Abscisic acid (ABA) has received Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) classification from an expert panel with expertise in toxicology, natural products chemistry, and nutrition, thereby enabling the inclusion of ABA in a new series of health waters.

ABA is a plant-derived compound naturally present in fruits and vegetables and scientifically proven to help maintain healthy glucose levels in humans.

“Fruits and vegetables are the main dietary sources of ABA, however, over 92% of the U.S. population does not meet intake recommendations. Thus, there is a deficiency in ABA in the normal diet. Therefore, oral ABA supplementation is required to rescue deficient ABA levels in the body and promote its health effects,” said Sandra Einerhand, Global Head of BTI Nutritionals. “The expert panel that reviewed the ABA GRAS dossier has wholeheartedly endorsed that ABA be classified as GRAS ingredient. Therefore, the path is clear to add ABA into foods and beverages.”

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