Health Canada's Food Directorate has completed a safety assessment of steviol glycosides as a table-top sweetener and a sweetener in a variety of foods and has determined, based on its conclusion that "no safety concerns were raised," to allow the steviol glycosides in Canada for these uses. The list of foods in which the sweetener can now be used are included in the agency's announcement.
November 30, 2012
Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Sweeteners to Enable the Use of Steviol Glycosides as a Table-Top Sweetener and as a Sweetener in Certain Food Categories
Further to Health Canada's technical consultation published on July 31, 2012, entitled Information and Consultation Document 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, Health Canada is modifying the Lists of Permitted Food Additives as indicated in the table below.
Food additives are regulated in Canada under the Food and Drug Regulations and Marketing Authorizations (MAs) issued by the Minister of Health. Approved food additives and their permitted conditions of use are set out in the Lists of Permitted Food Additives that are incorporated by reference in the MAs. A petitioner can request that Health Canada approve a new additive or a new condition of use for an already-approved food additive by filing a food additive submission with the Department's Food Directorate. Health Canada uses this premarket approval process to determine whether the scientific data support the safety of food additives when used under specified conditions in foods sold in Canada.
Health Canada received three separate food additive submissions that together seek approval for the use of steviol glycosides as a table-top sweetener and a sweetener in a variety of unstandardized foods. The results of Health Canada's evaluation of available data support the safety and efficacy of steviol glycosides when used as described. Therefore, Health Canada has enabled the following use(s) of the food additive steviol glycosides by modifying the List of Permitted Sweeteners by adding the following entries to the list. Read more.