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Call for submissions Reb D produced using a novel method

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Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for submissions today on an application to permit a novel production method for an already permitted sweetener, rebaudioside D (Reb D) in the Food Standards Code.

FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said rebaudioside D is a type of steviol glycoside, which is a naturally occurring sweetening agent extracted from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plant.

"The applicant is seeking approval to include a new specification for Reb D produced by an enzymatic conversion method," Mr Booth said.

"FSANZ's risk assessment found no health and safety concerns with the new method."

All FSANZ decisions on applications are notified to ministers responsible for food regulation who can decide to ask for a review or agree that the standard should become law.

The closing date for submissions is COB 26 March 2019.

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