Functional Technologies Corp.

Acrylamide-preventing yeast strains might not sound like something worth celebrating, but do not tell that to the folks at Functional Technologies Corp. Acrylamide is a known lethal neurotoxin that sometimes occurs in cooked starchy foods, which causes some concerns about carcinogenicity of those foods. The Canadian firm’s recent experience shows how an important public safety designation can be obtained without giving up any trade secrets. The Vancouver, BC company’s has won the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s designation of “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, for its acrylamide-preventing yeast strains. Any substance that is intentionally added to food must be
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