TruCal, the whey mineral concentrate from Glanbia Ingredients, has been granted GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status by the US authorities.
TruCal is used to fortify food and beverages and enrich dairy products in categories such as nutrition bars, bakery products, sports beverages and isotonic beverages.
Glanbia said that it recommended using the ingredient at levels consistent with current calcium supplementation guidelines, such as those of the US National Academy of Sciences (which recommends between 1000 and 1300mg of calcium per day for adults, with a tolerable upper limit of 2500 mg per day).
"Many Americans do not consume enough calcium and other essential minerals in their diet, and diseases such as osteoporosis and brittle bones have become a very big concern in the population. GRAS status will help dairy calcium achieve recognition as a leading source of calcium and mineral fortification" said Jerry O'Dea, general manager of Glanbia Ingredients.
TruCal is a natural source of dairy calcium containing a balance of minerals designed to promote optimal bone health - phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Glanbia Ingredients also produces Bioferrin lactoferrin, Provon whey protein isolate and Salibra bioactive colostrum concentrate.