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regulation, steviol glycosides,

27 February 2017 in the Official Journal of the European Union was published the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2017/335 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.

The European commission authorised the use of steviol glycosides (E 960) as a sweetener in certain energy-reduced confectionery products in food subcategory 05.2 ‘Other confectionery including breath freshening microsweets: hard confectionery (candies and lollies), soft confectionery (chewing candies, fruit gums and foam sugar products/marshmallows), liquorice, nougat and marzipan (at maximum level of 350 mg/kg); strongly flavoured freshening throat pastilles (at maximum level of 670 mg/kg) and breath-freshening micro-sweets (at maximum level of 2 000 mg/kg). 

Steviol glycosides are non-caloric sweet-tasting constituents and may be used to replace caloric sugars in certain confectionery products. The combined use of steviol glycosides and sugar provide sweetness to products and an improved taste profile compared to products which use only steviol glycosides for sweetening purposes as the sugar masks the aftertaste of steviol glycosides.

by AGROLAB Polska