Health Canada Approves Reb M Extracted From The Stevia Leaf for Foods and Beverages

San Antonio TX. Steviol glycosides are the high intensity sweetening components of the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plant, used to sweeten beverages and as medicine by the Guarani people from South America. The steviol glycosides are 200 350 times sweeter than sugar and are contained in the high purity stevia leaf extract that has been evaluated and approved for use as an ingredient in food and beverages by the worlds leading regulatory agencies and they are what food and beverage manufacturers around the world use in their products. The whole stevia leaf or the crude stevia extracts are not approved for use.

According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), the scientific Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a new scientific opinion on steviol glycosides some months ago, which concludes favorably on the inclusion of rebaudioside M as part of the steviol glycoside specification.

Now, the Health Canadas Food Directorate recently approved steviol glycosides containing the steviol glycoside rebaudioside M (Reb M) as a high-intensity sweetener for foods and beverages. On January 15, 2016, it announced that Reb M was approved for the same food and beverage categories, and under the same conditions of use, as the previously-permitted steviol glycosides in Canada.

After performing a detail safety analysis, Health Canada concluded that there were no safety concerns with the sweetener. Reb M is one of the many steviol glycosides that is naturally present in the stevia leaf and often sought after due to its clean, sugar-like taste. Their approval requires that total steviol glycoside content must not be less than 95 percent.
The full list of approved steviol glycoside sweeteners in Canada include one or any combination the following: Rebaudioside M, Stevioside, Rebaudioside A, Rebaudioside B, Rebaudioside C, Rebaudioside D, Rebaudioside F, Dulcoside A, Rubusoside, and Steviolbioside.

Source:

  • European Food Safety Authority Journal: Scientific Opinion on the safety of steviol glycosides for the proposed uses as a food additive http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/1537
  • The Global Stevia Institute Health Canada Approves Reb M Extracted From The Stevia Leaf For Foods and Beverages. http://globalsteviainstitute.com/stevia-leaf-extract/health-canada-approves-reb-m-extracted-from-the-stevia-leaf-for-foods-and-beverages/

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