BGG World (BGG) and its subsidiary Algae Health Sciences (AHS) have announced the NOP Organic Certification of AstaZine, an astaxanthin supercritical CO2 oleoresin. The National Organic Program is a federal regulatory initiative managed by the US Department of Agriculture to develops and enforces consistent national standards for organically produced agricultural products sold in the United States.
This approval follows the certification of the company’s astaxanthin farm and its Haematococcus pluvialis astaxanthin-containing powder in 2016. The farm became the first astaxanthin production facility, and the resulting powder, the first astaxanthin raw material product, to obtain organic certification by any recognised agency worldwide, BGG claims.
Based on this additional certification (which now covers the 10% astaxanthin oil product), BGG can serve solid formulations including softgel and liquid-filled hardshell caps to support brands wishing to market their products in USA and other countries where the NOP program is recognised.
“BGG continues to lead the Astaxanthin market in every way, and the timing couldn’t be better for this innovation,” said Bob Capelli, CEO of BGG Americas and Algae Health Sciences. “We just completed our capacity expansion last month, doubling our potential volume to become the largest algae-based Astaxanthin producer in the world. So we’ll have plenty of Astaxanthin in both organic and standard forms for every brand that wants it for years to come.”