Technical Consultation on Health Canada's Proposal to Allow the Use of the Food Additive Steviol Glycosides as a Table-Top Sweetener and as a Sweetener in Certain Food Categories

Notice to the reader:

The online consultation is now closed.

As a result of this process, a modification was made to the List of Permitted Sweeteners to enable the use of steviol gylcosides as a table-top sweetener and as a sweetener in certain food categories on November 30, 2012. The proposed use of this food additive in Canada as described is now enabled.

For more information on this initiative, please contact the Bureau of Chemical Safety's Chemical Health Hazard Assessment Division at

Health Canada's Food Directorate has recently completed a detailed safety assessment of steviol glycosides for use as a table-top sweetener in certain food categories.

Since no safety concerns have been raised through this assessment, the department is proposing to authorize the use of steviol glycoside as described in the information document below. The purpose of this communication is to seek comments on this proposed action.

How to get Involved

This consultation is open for comment starting July 31, 2012 until October 14, 2012 (75 calendar days). Comments on this proposal may be submitted in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you are submitting your comments electronically, please use the words "Steviol Glycosides" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture, PL: 2203B
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L2

E-mail address:

Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, October 14, 2012.

Consultation Document

Supporting Information

Reporting to Canadians

Health Canada will make the results of this consultation available on this Web site. If you have any questions, please contact the Bureau of Chemical Safety at Please use the words "Steviol Glycosides" in the subject line of your e-mail.

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