Biotech Updates

FDA Oks Use of Vistive Gold Soybean Oil

May 21, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a response letter to Monsanto's Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notification supporting the use of oil from Vistive Gold soybeans. Food companies can now develop and test foods containing this soybean oil with reduced saturated fats and reduced or no trans fats.

"This product could offer farmers and the food industry an opportunity to help meet a growing demand for healthier foods," said Roy Fuchs, Monsanto's global technology lead for oilseeds. "Vistive Gold provides a glimpse into the next-generation of soybean products that can bring direct health benefits to consumers. We also expect farmers to benefit from the premium pricing opportunity the market is likely to offer for this oil once it is commercialized."

According to a press release, Monsanto has completed U.S. regulatory submissions. Once regulatory processes are completed, the product will then be made available to food companies.

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