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Senomyx gets FDA clearance for commercialization of Sweetmyx

DBR Staff Writer Published 12 March 2014

Senomyx, a US-based producer of flavor ingredients for food, beverage and flavor industries, has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of its new Sweetmyx flavor ingredient in beverage production.

The FDA has determined Sweetmyx to be Generally Recognized As Safe under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The consent paves a way for PepsiCo to use the new flavor in all non-alcoholic beverages across the world, under a collaborative agreement signed with Senomyx in August 2010.

Meanwhile, Firmenich has lifetime rights to use the Sweetmyx flavor for food product categories and alcoholic beverages until March 2018.

Sweetmyx ingredient is a flavor with modifying properties that is used as part of a flavor system, which enables low-sugar foods and beverages to retain the taste.

Senomyx president and CEO John Poyhonen said that the new Sweetmyx flavor ingredient will enable the creation of lower-calorie beverages and foods that have reduced sweeteners without sacrificing taste.

"We are particularly excited about the versatility of Sweetmyx since it allows for the reduction of either sucrose or fructose in products," added Poyhonen.