GLG Life Tech Corporation (Nasdaq:GLGL) (TSX:GLG) ("GLG" or the "Company"), the vertically-integrated leader in the agricultural and commercial development of high quality stevia and all natural and zero calorie food and beverage products, acknowledges and welcomes the approval of stevia as a zero calorie sweetener in the European market.
On July 4, 2011, the International Stevia Council (ISC) and its members, which include founding member GLG Life Tech Corporation, welcomes the approval of stevia for use as a sweetener in the European Union. This comes on the heels of the recent announcement at the Stevia 2011 Conference in London last week, when the European Commission's representative, Wim Debeuckelaere, told delegates that the natural sweetener is on schedule for sanction by the EC in "November or December at the latest."
Dr. Luke Zhang, Chairman and CEO of GLG Life Tech comments, "The recent announcement by the standing committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on the Commission Regulation to authorize the use of steviol glycosides marks a significant move forward in approving the use of this all-natural, zero calorie sweetener in the European market. With the formal approval of stevia in France two years ago, a positive vote in November will mean that we'll be that much closer to bringing our all natural, zero calorie stevia based sweetener solutions to European consumers."
The ISC points out that the next step in granting approval in the European Union will involve the scrutiny of the regulation by the European Parliament. It will be encouraging the European Parliament to support the approval of steviol glycosides in Europe so consumers can begin benefiting from the use of an all-natural zero calorie sweeteners in their food and beverage. To learn more about today's announcement by the International Stevia Council visit the Council's website at http://www.internationalsteviacouncil.org/article/4-july-2011-international-stevia-council-welcomes-approval-stevia-use-sweetener-european-uni.
About GLG Life Tech Corporation
GLG Life Tech Corporation (Nasdaq:GLGL) (TSX:GLG) is a global leader in the supply of high purity stevia extracts, an all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener used in food and beverages. The Company's vertically integrated operations cover each step in the stevia supply chain including non-GMO stevia seed breeding, natural propagation, stevia leaf growth and harvest, proprietary extraction and refining, marketing and distribution of finished product. GLG's advanced technology, extraction technique and premier, high quality product offerings make it a leading producer of high purity, great tasting stevia extracts. For further information, please visit www.glglifetech.com.