1. Is there a restriction on the amount of EUREBA that can be used in products?
In the EU there is an accepted daily intake (ADI) for SGs that is expressed as mg SGs/kg body weight/day. This has been set at 4 mg/kg BW/D or about 12mg (EU quality SGs)/kg BW/D. What this is equivalent to for the various different EUREBA products varies. Information on how to dose EUREBA products without exceeding the maximum usage level is found on the Product Data Sheet for the particular product.
2. What is meant by the restriction “only energy reduced or no added sugar”?
The product has to have a 30% energy/calorie reduction compare to the standard product or be formulated without the addition of sugar. Often sugar may be found in the ingredients other than sugar (for example fruit, or fibres) that are used in the formulation and is therefore found in the product. You can see it on the nutritional values. In these situations the statement “contains naturally occurring sugars” must be present on the label.
3. What technical function can SGs play in formulations?
SGs can be classified as a sweetener and as a flavour. The classification is dependant of the application in which it is used and amount used.
4. Is it possible to use SGs in organic applications?
No. A product that contains SGs cannot be marketed as organic.
5. What about the less than 5% rule for inclusion into organic products?
SGs are not eligible for the 5% exception rule regarding organic products because it is not on the list of ingredients that this rule applies to.
6. Is Stevia leaf permitted in food and beverages?
SGs were approved as food additives and as such it is only the extracted purified SGs that have been obtained according the EU SGs (E960) specifications that are permitted in Food & Beverage applications in the EU.
7. Are enzyme modified SGs permitted in the EU?
Only SGs that are extracted and purified from Stevia rebaudiana bertoni are permitted.
8. What are enzyme-modified stevia?
Enzyme modified stevia are SGs produced using fermentation processes. They can use steviol as the starting substrate (stevia plant substrate) or other synthetic precursor plant molecules (plant free SGs).