March 12, 2018

Romualda Dolińska_Mérieux NutriSciences Poland 

EU – Stevia in food

Stevia rebaudiana as food ingredient

The use of Stevia rebaudiana as food ingredient in European Union was not allowed up to 2017.
Only the extract from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana Berini as a sweetener (according to Regulation no. 1333/2008 on food additives) or as a flavoring (according to Regulation no. 1334/2008 on flavoring) was allowed.

Stevia leaves as a food ingredient should be considered as a novel food; however, there is one exemption since the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni can be used in tea, herbal and fruit infusions.

Source: European Union

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