In its scientific opinion, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found current levels of chlorate in drinking water and in foods were too high and could negatively impact iodine uptake especially among infants and children.
Chlorate originates from chlorine disinfectants widely and legally used in water treatment and food processing, drinking water being by far the main contributor.
Evaluating data on the occurrence of chlorate in food, EFSA said the repeated intake of chlorate among the younger population groups with a slight to moderate iodine insufficiency gives cause for concern.
“Repeated exposure to chlorate can result in iodine intake inhibition in humans,” said Ohad Cohen, chief executive officer of Gadot Biochemical Industries.
“This inhibition can cause temporary changes to thyroid hormone levels in high-risk groups. The inhibition of iodine intake through chlorate is reversible.”
Gadot Biochemical Industries said it can provide the market with enough TPC and TSC for use in infant foods.
“It is our belief that our manufacturing process will contribute to safer and healthier infant nutrition globally and encourage infant food producers based in the EU to follow this regulation,” Cohen said.
Gadot Biochemical Industries offers a range of minerals for various applications such as infant formulas, dietary supplements, dairy products, sports drinks, and beverages. More than 95% of Gadot’s production is exported worldwide to companies in the food, beverage, and nutraceutical industries.