Wellington, New Zealand and Saint Charles, MO USA – Anagenix and Stratum Nutrition are pleased to announce that ACTAZIN™, a digestive health ingredient derived from green kiwifruit, has received certification from the Non-GMO Project as being Non-GMO Project Verified.

The Non-GMO Project, an independent, non-profit organization is the world’s foremost organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing independent, 3rd party verification that an ingredient is non-GMO. The non-GMO status of ACTAZIN increases its opportunities to be included in non-GMO supplements and functional foods.

Revised-Seal-copyThe topic of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and associated labeling has become paramount within the food, beverage and supplement industries. Non-GMO Project verification is determined through a document-based critical evaluation and, at times, an onsite inspection of manufacturing and processing facilities. Thousands of retailers support and endorse the Non-GMO Project; when a product carries the Non-GMO Project verified seal, it assures that consumers enjoy a trusted alternative to GMO-containing products.

Chris Johnson, Group Managing Director for Anagenix comments, “While New Zealand is GMO free by law, we wanted to take a leadership role and ensure that our product aligned with consumer insights and global demand by having ACTAZIN independently verified as a non-GMO product. After careful consideration of the organizations that are set up to perform this type of verification, we chose the Non-GMO Project as we believe they have the most credibility.”

“Ongoing support of Research and Development and gaining third party certifications from organizations like the Non-GMO Project underpin the Stratum promise of empowering product innovation. We are extremely pleased to work with companies like Anagenix that share our values and commitment to innovative, safe, and reliable ingredients like ACTAZIN,” said Jeremy Moore, President of Stratum Nutrition.

The news of ACTAZIN attaining non-GMO verification comes on the heels of ACTAZIN’s recent clinical trial published in Nutrition Research (May 2015), which demonstrated significant digestive health benefits in a healthy cohort.*

ACTAZIN is a whole-fruit powder derived from New Zealand green (Actinidia deliciosa ‘Hayward’) kiwifruit. ACTAZIN is a rich source of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, polyphenolic compounds, and fiber and has been shown in vitro to provide prebiotic activity, making it a good companion to probiotics. Contributing to the modes of action for ACTAZIN are the presence of bioactive substances including fiber, polyphenolics, and the kiwifruit-specific enzyme, actinidin. Actinidin is a proteolytic enzyme shown to support the digestion of proteins such as eggs, dairy, and fish. An additional mode of action of ACTAZIN is possibly due to its ability to serve as a substrate for endogenous gut bacteria.*

For more information on ACTAZIN, please visit Stratum Nutrition.

About Stratum Nutrition
Stratum Nutrition, a Novus International company, is a specialty health ingredient supplier to the supplement and pet food industries. Stratum offers a portfolio of branded, value-added ingredients developed in collaboration with global partnerships such as Anagenix, based on consumer need, and supported by science. Stratum specializes in condition-specific categories which include digestive, immune, and structural health to offer full solutions for human and companion animal nutrition. Leveraging the Novus core competencies in nutritional research and innovation, these ingredients are innovative, safe, and substantiated by clinical research. www.StratumNutrition.com