Alternative fat replacer recognized by FDA
Ingredient producer Epogee has a new alternative fat replacer that can be used in private label foods and it has achieved expanded approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
The alternative fat is called EPG and earned the FDA's Generally Recognized as Safe, or GRAS, status for a host of new product categories. EPG is a GMO-free, modified plant-based oil that allows food and beverage manufacturers to reduce calories while keeping taste and texture intact, according to Indianapolis-based Epogee.
The new categories that the GRAS-approved ingredient can be used in are snacks like potato chips, corn-based savory snacks and chicken nuggets, plant-based protein products, beverages and beverage bases, coffee and tea, and dairy product analogs.