Bionap announces self-affirmed GRAS status for its Cognigrape ingredient

Bionap Bioactive Natural Products has achieved self-GRAS status with the help of GRAS Associates, a fully-owned subsidiary of Nutrasource.

Bionap Bioactive Natural Products (Catania, Italy) has announced self-GRAS (generally recognized as safe) affirmation for its Cognigrape ingredient with the help of GRAS Associates, a fully-owned subsidiary of Nutrasource (Guelph, Ontario, Canada). GRAS Associates prepared a comprehensive GRAS dossier that included a review of scientific and safety data, and analysis that concluded the GRAS status of the standardized powder extract of red grape juice as a source of dietary polyphenols, and as an antioxidant to preserve food in fruit and vegetable juices, fruit-flavored beverages, frozen dairy desserts, gelatins, puddings and fillings, jams, syrups and toppings, and candies.

Cognigrape contains high concentrations of anthocyanins and proanthocyanins that have been shown in research to support cognitive function. The ingredient is also suitable for use in capsules, tablets, granules, sachets, and soft gels.

"We're very pleased that Cognigrape has now achieved self-GRAS status,” said Andrea Bonina, managing director, Bionap Srl, in a press release. “It represents Bionap's continued investment in its branded ingredients with safety and clinical support. Cognigrape now offers both dietary supplement and food manufacturers an ingredient focused on 'cognitive wellness' for brain health and improving mood."

“Our team was pleased to work with Bionap in obtaining this independent GRAS conclusion which was reviewed by a balanced panel of experts, qualified by scientific training and experience to evaluate safety. The panel of experts unanimously agreed with the GRAS conclusion for Cognigrape under the conditions of its intended use,” added Amy Mozingo, vice president of US Nutra Regulatory Sciences, Nutrasource/GRAS Associates.