Munich-based chemicals group Wacker has received approval from the European Commission for the use of gamma-cyclodextrin as a novel food ingredient for foodstuffs and beverages in the European Union (EU).
Cyclodextrins are ring-shaped sugar molecules, which Wacker bioengineers from plant-based raw materials such as corn or potatoes.
In food applications, cyclodextrins can mask an unpleasant taste, stabilise sensitive food ingredients such as vitamins or increase the bioavailability of certain active agents. EU approval of gamma-cyclodextrin thus opens up a series of new applications in the European food industry for Wacker.
Because gamma-cyclodextrin has been approved as a novel food ingredient, it does not have an E number. Consequently, gamma-cyclodextrin is particularly appealing for clean label formulations, which are growing in popularity, the company said.