BALTIMORE, MD – July 25, 2013—Brassica Protection Products LLC (BPP) announced today that an independent panel of experts has completed a favorable review of the company’s generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notification for the use of its SGS broccoli seed extract in foods. Although this finding of GRAS status is not necessarily supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the independent panel of experts reviewed the data using the same stringent review process, and evaluated the same issues, as would the FDA.
SGS broccoli seed extract is a natural source of glucoraphanin, a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables. Glucoraphanin is the precursor to sulforaphane, a potent natural inducer of Phase 2 detoxification enzymes. These enzymes eliminate many types of free radicals and environmental pollutants and trigger ongoing antioxidant action that lasts for as much as three days.
“This is an important step in establishing the commercial value of SGS as the highest quality broccoli product available for broad consumer use to support health and wellness. Importantly, the panel did not just evaluate the safety of the finished broccoli extract, but extensively reviewed our manufacturing processes and controls to ensure that SGS meets the highest standards,” remarked Tony Talalay, CEO of BPP.
The acknowledgment from the independent expert panel, consisting of pharmacologists and toxicologists, comes after a comprehensive and critical review of available information and data on the safety of the use of aqueous broccoli seed extract powder in selected foods for the general population.
Brassica Protection Products LLC (www.brassica.com) is a nutritional ingredient company that markets and sells SGS brand broccoli seed extract containing glucoraphanin, a phytochemical naturally found in broccoli. Brassica is at the forefront of this emerging research and has been working in collaboration with the scientific community to grow the science surrounding glucoraphanin and sulforaphane and to better define the many health benefits. Brassica also markets and sells Brassica® Tea, a line of nutritious green and black teas containing SGS broccoli seed extract (www.brassicatea.com).
Sarah Sullivan Marketing