EU Allows Stevia in Foods
After a long process, the EU Commission finally approved steviol glycosides obtained from the Stevia plant as food additives on 11 November 2011. This opens up many applications for this interesting sweetener in the food industry. Stevia can only be used under certain application conditions.
The EU approval applies to a total of 31 categories of foodstuffs from sweets, to conserves and soft drinks, to table sweeteners. Quantitative limits are specified for each of these product categories as a way to ensure the ADI (acceptable daily intake), defined by the European Food Safety Authority as 4 mg per kg body weight per day, is not exceeded overall. As before, only steviol glycosides of 95 percent purity are considered non-hazardous to health under consideration of the ADI.
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, named after the botanist Moisés Santiago Bertoni, is a perennial herb growing in South America whose leaves taste very sweet thanks to their content of steviol glycosides. The steviol glycosides produced from Stevia leaves can be used as a sweetener to replace sugar in foods and beverages.
With our French partner Stevia Natura we will present product samples with European Stevia quality at FIE 2011. Visit us at stand 4H18. For additional information refer to: FiE Invitation