Comet Bio Self-Affirms GRAS Status of Prebiotic Plant Fiber

Nutritional Outlook
November 12, 2019
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Comet Bio, a manufacturer of healthy and sustainable ingredients, has achieved self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status for its PREbiotic dietary fiber Arabinoxylan Plant Fiber Extract, trademarked as Arrabina.

Comet Bio, with assistance from dicentra, a leading contract research organization (CRO), engaged experts to gather and provide the scientific evidence necessary to affirm this FDA designation. The independent panel declared Comet Bio’s Arrabina dietary fiber as safe for foods, beverages, and dietary supplement applications.

“Obtaining GRAS status is a significant milestone for the commercialization of our ingredient and is an indication of our strong commitment to the efficacy and safety of our ingredients,” said Rich Troyer, CEO of Comet Bio. “This status allows us to better serve our customers in the food, beverage, and supplement categories with confidence.”

For an ingredient to be considered GRAS, scientific data and information about the intended use of the substance must be widely known, and there must be a consensus among qualified experts that the data and information established is safe under the conditions of its intended use. Arabinoxylan Plant Fiber Extract is a naturally occurring dietary fiber found in the cell walls of many plants. Comet Bio produces its Arabinoxylan Plant Fiber Extract from upcycled materials such as stalks, leaves, and hulls. Arabinoxylan has been shown to support the growth of beneficial bacteria within the gut and help maintain healthy blood glucose levels.

“We are pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Comet Bio to help them achieve this important step for Arabinoxylan,” said Karol Wojewnik, vice president of business development at dicentra. “Comet Bio has a bold vision for the future of ingredients, and dicentra is proud to have contributed to their success.”