SoPure Stevia – Safety

Studies clearly support the safety of stevia sweeteners. Further, clinical studies show that steviol glycosides, meeting purity criteria established by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), have no effect t on either blood pressure or blood glucose response, indicating stevia sweeteners are safe for use by individuals with diabetes.
Recent studies, including human studies on safety, metabolism and intake, support the safety of stevia sweeteners. JECFA has conducted a thorough scientific review of the existing scientific data on steviol glycosides and concluded that they are safe for use in food and beverages. Based on the wealth of published research, independent scientific experts in both the U.S. and globally have concluded that stevia sweeteners are safe for people of all ages and populations and an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of four mg/kg body weight (expressed as steviol) has been established. Food and Chemical Toxicology published a special supplement o the topic of stevia sweetener safety in May 2008.


SoPure Stevia – Regulatory

Stevia extracts have been approved for a wide range of food, beverage, pharmaceutical, tabletop sweetener, feed and dietary supplement uses worldwide. In some markets, the extracts have approval for non-food uses. In most of the major markets, 95% of total Steviol Glycosides has become the regulatory standard in the United States and the European Union for food and beverage use.

United States
In December 2008, in response to Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) notifications submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FDA stated it has no questions regarding the conclusion of expert panels that rebaudioside A is GRAS for use as a general purpose sweetener in foods and beverages, excluding meat and poultry. Rebaudioside A is a stevia sweetener isolated and purified from the leaves of the stevia plant. In June 2009, FDA stated it has no questions regarding the conclusion of an expert panel on the GRAS status of another steviol glycoside extract with high rebaudioside A content for use as a tabletop sweetener. Similar GRAS notifications are before FDA for other steviol glycoside extracts isolated and purified from Stevia rebaudiana. SoPure Stevia extracts are Self Affirmed GRAS with the U.S. FDA and conform to the product identity and quality standards listed in the JECFA specifications for stevia requiring a minimum of 95% Total Steviol Glycosides located at this link.

Some Other Countries Approved For Use

U.S.

  • Approved to use as dietary supplement in 1993
  • Approved to use as food additive in 2008

European Union

  • Approved to use as food additive in 2011

Australia and New Zealand

  • Approved to use as food additive in 2008

Other Countries Approved for Use

  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Brazil
  • Paraguay
  • Israel
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico

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