Artinia Considered Safe in Europe

September 22, 2010

The European Food Safety Authority...s (Parma, Italy) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition, and Allergies (NDA Panel) has determined that Artinia, a chitin-glucan ingredient by Stratum Nutrition (St. Charles, MO), shall be considered safe for consumption under established terms in the European Union. In the NDA Panel opinion, the ingredient is referred to as KiOnutrime-CG, the brand name used by Stratum...s European partner KitoZyme (Herstal, Belgium).

The European Food Safety Authority...s (Parma, Italy) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition, and Allergies (NDA Panel) has determined that Artinia, a chitin-glucan ingredient by Stratum Nutrition (St. Charles, MO), shall be considered safe for consumption under established terms in the European Union. In the NDA Panel opinion, the ingredient is referred to as KiOnutrime-CG, the brand name used by Stratum...s European partner KitoZyme (Herstal, Belgium).

Stratum expects official approval from the European Commission by October 2010.

Artinia is a natural, fungal chitin-glucan intended for cardiovascular support. Increasing daily fiber intake with soluble and insoluble fibers, Artinia 'supports the body...s natural defenses against oxidized-LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol,' says the company.

The ingredient can now be marketed as a powder-form food supplement in various applications including gelatin capsules and tablets.

The company states that a 12-week animal and a 30-day human pilot study with Artinia have shown beneficial results for arterial and heart health. The intended intake of chitin-glucan is two to five grams per day.