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Cavalier Berries Dark, 40g Bar
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Stevia worldwide
In this section you can find information about the usage of Stevia rebaudiana in selected countries. The country booklets were prepared with the kind support of students of the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg. They can be read in PDF format or as simple browser versions. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to read the PDF versions. You can download the newest version of this product for free by clicking here
France
The cutting-edge legaliser in the European Union

written by S. Stolzenburg

In the field of the sale of stevia, France used the same regulations as the rest of the European Union until 2009: it was forbidden to sell stevia as a food. In 2006, a man named Dr. Joël Perret of the small stevia distributor "Greensweet" filed a petition on legalising stevia as a sweetener in his country. The petition was addressed to the "Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments" (AFSSA) which is responsible for examining the aspects of hygiene and health effects of products and for the subsequent decisions of whether a product is appropriate to be marketed or not. Joël Perret's request was assisted by a recommendation of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). The JECFA examined stevia and decided that a daily intake of steviol glycosides in the amount of up to 2 milligrammes per kilogramme of body weight would be acceptable and had no influence on human health.1

Based on the JECFA recommendation, the French government decided to ease the restrictions on stevia and was the first country of the European Union to do so. One component of the stevia leaves, more precisely rebaudioside A, with 97 percent purity, was legalised to be sold as a sweetener.2 This enactment was published on the 7th of September 2009, and thereby became res judicata.3 The French government enacted the legalisation to be tentative for two years, since the European Union allows its members to legalise food additives which oppose European law for only this amount of time. It is not known why France narrowed its decision to rebaudioside A.4 Off-the-record sources guess that France expects the whole European Union to make its own decision on the sale of stevia shortly, so France would not need to take further steps.

Already in September 2009, which means shortly after the decision by the French department of health, the Swedish sweetener manufacturer "Granular AB" and its marketing director Florence Berglund announced that they would start to sell stevia based sweeteners in France as soon as possible.5
Bibliography
1 JECFA [2006]: "Safety evaluation of certain food additives", Geneva, 2006
2 AFSSA [2009]: "AVIS de l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des aliments sur un projet d’arrêté relatif à l’emploi de rébaudioside A extrait de Stevia rebaudiana en tant qu’additif alimentaire", Maisons-Alfort, 2009
3 Legifrance [2009]: "Arrêté du 26 août 2009 relatif à l'emploi du rébaudioside A (extrait de Stevia rebaudiana) comme additif alimentaire", Online source (accessed on 9th September 2009)
4 Halliday, Jess [2009a]: "France approves high Reb A stevia sweeteners", in: "Food Navigator", 8th September 2009
5 Halliday, Jess [2009b]: "France’s first stevia products around the corner", in: "Food Navigator", 15th September 2009
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