VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Food and Drug Administration has issued a letter of no objection relating to the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status of Rebaudioside C stevia extract, according to Vancouver-based GLG Life Tech Corp. The GRAS status covers the use of Reb C as a general purpose sweetener in blends containing Rebaudioside A stevia extract and from 10% to 50% Reb C.

“GLG is the first to market with a GRAS Reb C blend that will provide our customers with a superior flavor profile than existing Reb A stevia sweeteners,” said Luke Zhang, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer of GLG Life Tech. “Our patented non-G.M.O. agriculture breeding program once again enables GLG to provide our superior Reb C Gold blends on a commercial scale. Customers can expect to receive samples shortly of our Reb C Gold products and commence their formulation work.”