PureCircle’s bio-converted range gets EFSA safety nod

PureCircle – now operating as PureCircle by Ingredion – has received a positive safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for the use of its Reb M, Reb D and Reb AM stevia ingredients which are produced through bioconversion of stevia leaf extracts. This opinion also recognises that […]

PureCircle – now operating as PureCircle by Ingredion – has received a positive safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for the use of its Reb M, Reb D and Reb AM stevia ingredients which are produced through bioconversion of stevia leaf extracts. This opinion also recognises that there are up to 60 molecules from the stevia leaf which are safe for consumption, the company revealed.

Upon final approval from the European Commission, which is expected to be published later in the year, the range will be commercially available to European food and beverage manufacturers.

PureCircle said its proprietary technologies and expansive stevia experience have enabled it to maximize the output of each stevia leaf. This results in more sustainable, efficient stevia plants which yield more optimized quantities of stevia ingredients and reduced overall waste compared to conventional stevia leaf varieties, it claimed.  

Sue Bancroft, PureCircle EMEA’s category lead, told FoodNavigator approval of these new stevia leaf ingredients means food and beverage manufacturers now have access to more cost-effective sugar reduction solutions.

“We are delighted that following the EFSA’s positive safety opinion, food and beverage manufacturers will soon be able to access PureCircle’s stevia ingredients from bioconversion,”​ she said.

“This development creates much needed scale and availability of the best tasting stevia ingredients for the European market. The addition of our Reb AM ingredient also enables us to create ideal solubility of our sugar reduction solutions in beverage applications and syrups.”

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