FSANZ to rule on stevia

11 Nov 2016

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for submissions on permitting a wider range of steviol glycosides to be used as intense sweeteners following an application by PureCircle.

FSANZ to rule on stevia

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for submissions on permitting a wider range of steviol glycosides to be used as intense sweeteners.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said that PureCircle is seeking to amend the definition of steviol glycosides in the Food Standards Code to include all minor steviol glycosides extracted from the stevia leaf.

“Steviol glycosides are permitted food additives in the Codex Alimentarius General Standard for Food Additives, and in many countries including the USA, the European Union, Canada and many Asian, and Central and South American countries,” said McCutcheon. “The additional minor steviol glycosides are claimed to provide improved flavour and taste compared to those currently permitted.

“No evidence was found to suggest that the proposed changes pose any public health and safety concerns.”