Brussels, Belgium, 12 April 2012
Maria Teresa Scardigli, Executive Director of the International Stevia Council, gave a speech at Food Ingredients Europe Conference 2011 in Paris, France on 29 November 2011.
In her speech entitled “The European Union’s acceptance and approval of stevia as a food additive”, Scardigli provided an update on the status of the stevia approval at European level and she reviewed the different steps of the regulatory process that paved the way for the EU approval including the safety opinion on steviol glycosides issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The speech can be found here.
Scardigli also presented in details the requirements, the specifications and the labeling rules adopted by the European Commission for the commercialization of products sweetened by stevia and reviewed the food categories that have been approved by the EU and in which stevia can be used.