GLG Life Tech self-affirms sweetener as GRAS
December 19, 2008
by Jeff Gelski
VANCOUVER, B.C. — GLG Life Tech announced on Dec. 18 it had completed the necessary work to declare its Rebpure ingredient as self-affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). Rebpure contains 97% pure Rebaudioside A extract from the stevia plant.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 17 sent a letter to Minneapolis-based Cargill saying it had no questions on the GRAS status of Cargill’s rebiana, also an extract of Rebaudioside A, for use in foods.
GLG worked with ChromaDex, which develops phytochemical and botanical reference standards and creates associated intellectual property, to study Rebpure. The evaluation showed the molecular structures of GLG’s product and Cargill’s product were a match. GLG said it will file a notification with the F.D.A. about its self-affirmed GRAS status for Rebpure.
GLG has a 10-year renewable strategic alliance and supply agreement with Cargill to provide Cargill with 80% of its global Rebaudioside A extract supply for the first five years of the agreement.