SweeGen gets FDA GRAS notification

7 Mar 2017

Nature-based sweetener company SweeGen and Ingredion have announced that the FDA has issued a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) No Objection Letter for BESTEVIA Reb-M stevia sweetener.

SweeGen gets FDA GRAS notification

Nature-based sweetener company SweeGen and Ingredion have announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) No Objection Letter for BESTEVIA Reb-M stevia sweetener for use as a general purpose sweetener for food and beverage applications in the United States. This follows a review of the composition and manufacturing process of SweeGen's BESTEVIA Reb-M, with documentation submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year.

"Having received the No Objection Letter from the FDA, SweeGen and our valued distribution partner Ingredion, are now able to support food and beverage companies in the United States to meet consumer demand for reduced and no sugar products made with a new, high-purity, great tasting stevia sweetener," said Steven Chen, president of SweeGen.

"Now beverage and food manufacturers in the United States can reduce sugar using BESTEVIA Reb-M stevia sweetener that has a sugar-like sweetness without the bitterness associated with some stevia sweeteners," said Oscar Gutierrez, senior global director, sweetness innovation, Ingredion. "Food and beverage manufacturers are now able to reduce a high percentage of sugar without sacrificing taste."

Ingredion is SweeGen's exclusive global distributor in all markets (excluding SweeGen's house accounts and in the Republic of China where it is a non-exclusive distributor). Ingredion will distribute BESTEVIA Reb-M stevia sweetener initially in the United States and Canada and subsequently in other countries as additional regulatory approvals are granted.