Quillaja Extract Q-Naturale Approved as Emulsifier in Canada


Health Canada has approved Ingredion's type-2 quillaja extract for use as an emulsifying agent in a variety of food and beverage applications.

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The list of permitted clean-label emulsifiers in Canada is now a bit longer with the recent announcement that Q-Naturale has been approved as an emulsifier by Health Canada. A type-2 quillaja extract from Ingredion (Westchester, IL), Q-Naturale is now approved as an emulsifying agent for unstandardized oil-based flavoring preparations, oil-based coloring formulations, and other unstandardized oil-based ingredients used in foods and beverages.

One of the greatest opportunities for Q-Naturale on the Canadian market may be as a clean-label replacement for gum arabic, Ingredion suggests. It is appropriate for applications including beverage products, chewing gum, snack foods, flavor concentrates, gravies, sauces, soups, and more. Additionally, Q-Naturale allows for a high-oil load when used as an emulsifier, producing clarity in clear beverages and alcoholic drinks.

“This authorization is exciting news because it enables us to extend the unique benefits of Q-Naturale emulsifier beyond the U.S. and Europe,” said Dinah Diaz, senior marketing manager, Ingredion. “We are eager to demonstrate the excellent emulsifications capabilities of this clean-label emulsifier to our customers in Canada.”

Prior to Health Canada’s approval of Q-Naturale as an emulsifier, the ingredient was permitted only for use as a foaming and stabilizing agent in beverages.


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Michael Crane
Associate Editor
Nutritional Outlook Magazine

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