Stevia-based sweetener company SweeGen has announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) food additive and flavoring panel found no safety concerns for its bioconverted rebaudioside M (reb M) stevia leaf sweetener. Final EFSA approval is expected in 2020.
SweeGen is the first company to receive the EFSA panel’s safety status for any steviol glycoside produced by alternative technologies. To achieve high purity clean-tasting and non‐GMO stevia leaf sweeteners, SweeGen uses an enzymatic bioconversion process starting with stevia leaf extract. This process enabled SweeGen to obtain the Non‐GMO Project verification for its Bestevia stevia sweeteners.
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IFF Health, Shanghai, has announced a strategic partnership for R&D of anti-aging ingredients with By-Health, a Chinese maker of dietary supplements and raw materials.
To further increase the understanding of the microbiome’s impact on human health and to accelerate the development of innovative nutritional solutions promoting health and wellbeing, Nestlé has entered into a partnership with the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI).
Bimbo Bakeries USA has announced that it is committing to 100% sustainable packaging for its entire product portfolio by 2025.
The NC Food Innovation Lab (NCFIL) will open on November 14, with a ribbon cutting, facility tour, and open house celebration. NCFIL is a 16,000-square-foot plant-based food processing and product development facility located on the 350-acre North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C.