On Thursday, November 3rd, Regulation (EU) 2016/1814 comes into force. This legislation amends the specifications for steviol glycosides set out in an annex to regulation (EU) No 231/2012.
The updated regulation has removed the rule that stevioside and/or reb A have to make up the principal component (75% or more) in stevia sweeteners. With these restrictions removed and the addition of reb M to the list of permitted steviol glycosides, the food and beverages industry is now free to use any combination of the 11 approved steviol glycosides in any inclusion ratios such as stevioside, rebaudiosides A, B, C, D, E, F and M, steviolbioside, rubusoside and dulcoside.
The move is welcomed by the stevia industry, claiming it will give them more freedom to help food and beverage manufacturers to make further sugar reductions without compromising taste. Check out Food Navigator for further background information.