Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of steviol glycosides containing the steviol glycoside "rebaudioside M" (Reb M) as a high-intensity sweetener in the same food categories and under the same conditions of use as the currently-permitted steviol glycosides.
Reb M is one of a number of steviol glycosides that are naturally present in the stevia leaf, and already approved for use as a food additive in Canada.
As no safety concerns were raised through Health Canada's assessment the Department has enabled the food additive use of steviol glycosides containing the steviol glycoside rebaudioside M described in the information document below by updating the List of Permitted Sweeteners, effective January 15, 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.
To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Sweeteners to Enable the Use of Rebaudioside M as a Sweetener in Various Unstandardized Foods - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0065, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0065-eng".
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 containing Rebaudioside M. 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 "Steviol glycosides Reb M" in the subject line of your e-mail.