Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of monk fruit extract as a sweetener.
Since this is a food additive that was not previously permitted for use in Canada, Health Canada published a Notice of Proposal to Enable the Use of a New Food Additive, Monk Fruit Extract (Luo Han Guo), as a Sweetener in Table-Top Sweeteners on March 14, 2013, requesting comments. No new scientific information about this additive was submitted to the Department.
As no safety concerns were raised, either through this assessment, nor through the comments received during the corresponding consultation, the Department has enabled the food additive use described in the information document below by updating the List of Permitted Sweeteners, effective December 2, 2013. 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 this food additive.
To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Sweeteners to Enable the Use of Monk Fruit Extract (Luo Han Guo) as a Sweetener in Table-Top Sweeteners- Document Reference number: NOM/ADM-0019, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0019-eng".
Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including monk fruit extract (luo han guo). Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of this additive 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 "monk fruit extract" in the subject line of your e-mail.