GLG Life Tech Corporation Announces GRAS Self-Affirmaion Of Rebpure™

Vancouver, B.C. December 18, 2008 - GLG Life Tech Corporation (TSX: GLG) (“GLG” or the “Company”), a world leader in the production of high quality stevia, announces that it has completed the necessary work required to declare self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for its RebpureTM product which contains 97% pure Rebaudioside A stevia extract. The RebpureTM GRAS review, which began several months ago, included an extensive review of current research including toxicological data demonstrating the safety of the product.

Key to GLG’s self-affirmation, the molecular structure of RebpureTM has been proven to match the molecular structure of rebiana, which on Wednesday, December 17 the FDA concluded had been sufficiently documented to receive GRAS approval. As an important step in the GRAS self-affirmation process, GLG worked closely with ChromaDex (CDXC – OTC), a leader in the development of phytochemical and botanical reference standards and the creation of associated intellectual property, to perform a characterization study on GLG’s high grade stevia extract RebpureTM. More specifically, the evaluation showed conclusively that the molecular structures of each product, RebpureTM and rebiana, were a match. Following GLG’s self-affirmation of GRAS, a notification will be filed with the FDA.

ChromaDex CEO Frank Jaksch stated, “We were pleased that GLG chose ChromaDex to perform the necessary tests to confirm the quality of their Rebaudioside A products. It is always positive when the results of our tests match a client’s expectations.”

About GLG Life Tech Corporation
GLG Life Tech Corporation specializes in growing, extracting, and refining high grade stevia, an all natural, zero-calorie sweetener. With fully integrated operations that include seed breeding and proprietary processing technology, GLG is a global leader in the supply of high quality stevia for use in food and beverages. Please visit for further information.

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