LycoRed Earns European Patents for Tomato Complex

August 9, 2012

Lyc-O-Mato is a proprietary composition of lycopene and other compounds found in tomatoes.

Premix and tomato ingredients specialist LycoRed Ltd. (Beer Sheva, Israel) has secured European patents for its tomato lycopene complex extraction process.

Lyc-O-Mato is an oleoresin intended for support against free-radical damage, environmental stress, and sun exposure. European patents will set the stage for the ingredient’s Novel Foods approval and an E number for food additive use. Lycored already holds similar patents for the ingredient in the United States, where it is GRAS-affirmed and approved as a color additive.

“Our Lyc-O-Mato contains a specific proprietary natural composition of tomato lycopene and other tomato phytonutrients, including phytoene, phytofluene, tocopherols, phytosterols, and beta-carotene, as opposed to other lycopene products available currently on the market,” says Yoav Blatt, chief technology officer for Lycored.