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Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Sweeteners to Enable the Use of the Sweetener Erythritol to Non-Alcoholic Carbonated Water-based Fruit-Flavoured and Sweetened Beverages Other than Cola Type Beverages - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0067

Background

Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of erythritol as a sweetener in non-alcoholic carbonated water-based fruit-flavoured sweetened beverages other than cola type beverages. 

Erythritol is already permitted for use in Canada as a table-top sweetener and as a sweetener in a number of other foods including dietetic beverages, fruit-based smoothie beverages, unstandardized dairy-based beverages, and unstandardized alcoholic beverages.

As no safety concerns were raised through Health Canada’s assessment the Department has enabled the food additive use of erythritol as a sweetener in non-alcoholic carbonated water-based fruit-flavoured sweetened beverages other than cola type beverages, as described in the information document below by updating the List of Permitted Sweeteners, effective February 25, 2016. 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.

Information Document

To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Sweeteners to Enable the Use of the Sweetener Erythritol to Non-Alcoholic Carbonated Water-based Fruit-Flavoured and Sweetened Beverages Other than Cola Type Beverages - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0067, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to publications@hc-sc.gc.ca with the subject heading "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0067-eng".

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 erythritol. 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 "erythritol" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate

Supporting Information

Food Additives