Penford sees EU growth for GM-free dextrose

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Tough new EU labelling and traceability rules for GM products
should make it easier for food ingredients which are guaranteed
GM-free to grow sales - at least according to the only US
manufacturer of non-GM dextrose.

Penford Food Ingredients has just received GM-free certification for its CanTab dextrose product from independent authority, Cert-IDSM, and sees significant potential for the product both in its home market but particularly in the EU.

"Our products have always been available in a non-GMO format; however the certification adds a valuable third party stamp of approval that will help us further educate the market in a time when global regulations are changing,"​ said Jeff Smith, director of business development for Penford.

Since the EU regulations went into effect in April, Penford said it had seen an increase in demand for its non-GMO products.

Non-GMO CanTab is produced from non-GMO corn as well as other naturally non-GMO sources such as tapioca and potato, and is said to be popular with pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies because of its compressibility and flavour and colour blending properties.

"Because CanTab requires less machine pressure to yield the required density, manufacturers benefit with less dust, waste and press downtime as well as increased machine longevity,"​ said Smith. " CanTab also enables tablets to have smoother, more detailed surfaces with less breakage."

In addition to dextrose, Penford Food Ingredients​ also supplies other carbohydrate food ingredients such as speciality starches and dextrin.

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