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Notice of Modification to the Lists of Permitted Food Additives to Enable the Use of Steviol Glycosides as a Table-Top Sweetener and as a Sweetener in Certain Food Categories

Background

Health Canada's Food Directorate has completed a detailed safety assessment of three 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.

Health Canada previously consulted on this assessment through its Technical Consultation 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.

As no safety concerns were raised, either through this assessment, nor through the comments received during the corresponding consultation, the Department is enabling the use of steviol glycosides as described in the information document below. The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of these additives.

Contact Information

Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including steviol glycosides. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of steviol glycosides or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "steviol glycosides" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture, PL: 2202C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L2
E-mail address: bcs-bipc@hc-sc.gc.ca

Information Document

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 - Document Reference Number NOM/ADM-0002

Supporting Information

Food Additives

For more information on this initiative, please contact the Bureau of Chemical Safety at bcs-bipc@hc-sc.gc.ca, using the words "steviol glycosides" in the subject box of your e-mail.