On January 19, 2010, the French government approved Rebaudioside A (Reb-A) as a premium sweetener, according to the European Union's food navigation website, and on Friday announced an increase in its use limits in a range of sugar-free foods and beverages.
is understood that last August the French government became the first EU country to approve the use of reb-A, a high-purity (97%) stevia stevia stevia, in food and beverage products, while the new increase in Reb-A's usage limit will reduce calories by 40% for products such as sweets and desserts, providing considerable market flexibility for businesses.
Reb-A is a major stevia glycoside found in the leaves of stevia plants.
is sweeter than sucrose and has no calories to meet the needs of the low-sugar or sugar-free food and beverage market.
currently available for use in beverages, desserts and ice creams are 600 mg/L, 1000 mg/kg and 800 mg/kg, respectively.
The upper limit in fresh-mouthed sweets is 10,000 mg/kg, the chewing gum is 5500 mg/kg, the upper limit in throat sugar, cocoa powder or dried fruit, and starchy sugar is 2000 mg/kg, and the maximum limit in other sugar-free sweets is 1000 mg/kg.