HMOs get Novel Food approval in EU  

Date: 28.02.2023Source: Chr. Hansen HMO

Following last May’s positive EFSA assessment of Chr. Hansen’s HMOs lacto-N-tetraose (LNT), 3-fucosyllactose (3-FL) and 3’-sialyllactose (3’-SL), these three important Human Milk Oligosaccharides are now approved in EU for safe use in infant formula and several other categories at the highest dosage levels approved in the HMO market.

Said Jesper Sig Mathiasen, senior vice president, Chr. Hansen HMO: “We are pleased to share the news on these three EU approvals, as more infants that cannot be breastfed can now benefit from infant formula with HMOs in concentrations closer to nature and the structural variations. These approvals will pave the way for bringing Chr. Hansen’s 5 HMO Mix into infant formula at the highest concentrations and closer to nature, also in the EU.”

HMOs are the third most abundant solid component of breast milk with many different variations. The benefits stem from the structural diversity of HMOs. The HMOs LNT, 3-FL and 3’-SL (all included in Chr. Hansen’s 5 HMO Mix together with 2’FL and 6’-SL) are identified in significant amount in breast milk.

In addition to the newly approved LNT, 3-FL and 3’-SL, Chr. Hansen’s 5 HMO mix also includes 2’-FL, the most abundant HMO in breast milk of most women (Thum et al. 2021), and 6’-SL, which is expected to provide sialic acid and support immune system development (Wang et al. 2012 and Triantis et al. 2018).  For more visit chr-hansen.com

David Cox / IDM

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