Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Sweeteners to Enable the Use of Steviol Glycosides from Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni as a Sweetener

Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0102

Background

Health Canada's Food Directorate received a food additive submission requesting that the permitted steviol glycosides content of this sweetener be expanded to include all the steviol glycosides in the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plant (stevia plant).

Canada had previously permitted steviol glycosides from the stevia plant to comprise one or more of ten named steviol glycosides, singly or in any combination, provided that the total steviol glycosides content is at least 95%.

As no safety concerns were raised through Health Canada's assessment the Department has enabled the expanded use of the food additive steviol glycosides to comprise all the steviol glycosides in the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plant described in the information document below by updating the List of Permitted Sweeteners, effective August 30, 2017.

The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of this food additive.

Information Document

To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Sweeteners to Enable the Use of Steviol Glycosides from Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni as a Sweetener - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0102, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to publications@hc-sc.gc.ca with the subject heading "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0102-eng".

Contact Information

Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including steviol glycosides. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of this additive or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "Steviol glycosides" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate

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