Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Sweeteners to Enable the Use of Steviol Glycosides as a Sweetener in Various Unstandardized Snack Bars

Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0098

Background

Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of two food additive submissions that together seek approval for the use of steviol glycosides as a sweetener in snack bars including, but not limited to granola bars, cereal bars, fibre bars, and protein isolate-based bars.

Steviol glycoside is already permitted for use in Canada as a sweetener in assorted unstandardized foods.

As no safety concerns were raised through Health Canada’s assessment the Department has enabled the food additive use of steviol glycosides described in the information document below by updating the List of Permitted Sweeteners, effective August 2, 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 as a Sweetener in Various Unstandardized Snack Bars – Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0098, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to publications@hc-sc.gc.ca with the subject heading "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0098-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 snack bars" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate

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