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Self GRAS for stevia

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Blue California, a Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.-based manufacturer, expects GRAS self-affirmation by August 2008 for high-purity rebaudioside A 99%, an isolated stevia plant compound that is 400 times sweeter than sugar, the firm says. A scientific panel completed a preliminary review of the substance and final documents are anticipated to be signed by August, the firm notes. Rebaudioside A and other stevia products are approved for use in dietary supplements in the U.S., China and certain Western European countries, but FDA has not granted GRAS status for stevia as a food product. Gilbert, Ariz.-based Wisdom Natural Brands recently launched a natural sweetener formulation derived from the stevia leaf with self-certification as GRAS (1"The Tan Sheet" June 30, 2008, p. 11). Coca-Cola and Cargill, however, are working to receive FDA's GRAS certification before they launch a rebaudioside A 99% product they developed ( 2"The Tan Sheet" May 19, 2008, In Brief)...

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