EFSA issues positive opinion on use of Erythritol for non-alcoholic beverages
On March 5th 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a positive opinion on the use of erythritol in beverages in the European Union. In the EU, erythritol is allowed quantum satis in food already since 2006, but not yet in beverages due to previous EFSA concerns about laxative effects in this sensitive category.
Jungbunzlauer appreciates a lot the revised EFSA statement. It resembles the most important milestone and pre-requisite for an extension of erythritol usage into the beverages category in Europe. After many years of discussions of scientific studies for getting the positive opinion, EFSA finally concluded on new data filed that erythritol, at a maximum usage level of 1.6 % in non-alcoholic beverage, is safe for the consumer and without adverse effects, including laxation.
The European Commission may now initiate the legislative process in order to allow erythritol for the formulation of sugar reduced non-alcoholic beverages. Best case, this approval could come still within 2015 and will finally give the European consumer access to a new generation of healthy and great tasting beverages as it can be seen in markets like the USA and Japan already.
ERYLITE® - Jungbunzlauer’s brand for erythritol - is a bulk sweetener with zero calories (EU) and a sugar-like taste profile and appearance. ERYLITE® is made by Jungbunzlauer through yeast fermentation in its plant in Marckolsheim, France. The production process and the raw materials used (non-GMO carbohydrates) qualify ERYLITE® to be the first and only natural polyol in the market. It also occurs naturally in a wide variety of foods, including many fruits and mushrooms, as well as in fermented foods such as cheese, wine and beer.
ERYLITE® has the highest digestive tolerance of all polyols. It displays a zero glycemic index, is suitable for diabetics and fits the trend for natural low-calorie products and a healthy life style.
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