EU: Steviol Glycosides as Sweetener in Energy-Reduced Confectionery Products

| Food Safety | European Union
Posted By: Daniela Milani

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The European Union published the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/335 of 27 February 2017 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of steviol glycosides (E 960) as a sweetener in certain energy-reduced confectionery products.

Steviol glycosides are non-caloric sweet-tasting constituents and may be used to replace caloric sugars in certain confectionery products, thus reducing their caloric content and offering consumers energy-reduced products.

New limits imposed for E 960 are:

  • 350 mg/kg for the following food categories:
    • only confectionery with no added sugars
    • only energy-reduced hard confectionery (candies and lollies)
    • only energy-reduced soft confectionery (chewy candies, fruit gums and foam sugar products/marshmallows)
    • only energy-reduced liquorice
    • only energy-reduced nougat
    • only energy-reduced marzipan
  • 670 mg/kg in strongly flavoured freshening throat pastilles, energy-reduced or with no added sugars
  • 2000 mg/kg in breath-freshening micro-sweets, energy-reduced or with no added sugars

This amendment should enter into force on March 20, 2017.

All the changes for the Food Additives of the European Union will be found shortly in our Regdata® database.