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September 28, 2007

What is a Food? Not Stevia

From Newsday.com, FDA tells Melville tea maker to stop using stevia

Federal regulators have warned Melville-based food company Hain Celestial Group Inc. to stop selling certain tea flavors because they contain "an unsafe food additive."

The Food and Drug Administration told the company to stop marketing products containing stevia, an organic sweetener that research has connected to "concerns about control of blood sugar, and effects on the reproductive, cardiovascular and renal systems."

Stevia is approved as a dietary supplement but not as a food additive.

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Stevia is not approved as a dietary supplement, but exempted from the need for approval by DSHEA.

Posted by: Neal | Sep 29, 2007 6:10:59 AM

Thanks. You are correct. I should have said that Stevia is regulated as a dietary supplement. DSHEA (the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act) requires pre-market approval only for new dietary supplement ingredients that were not marketed in the US before October 25, 1994. The DSHEA can be found on the FDA website.

Posted by: Donna Byrne | Oct 3, 2007 7:50:01 AM

The hyperlink for the DSHEA didn't come through. Here's the URL: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/laws/dshea.html

Posted by: Donna Byrne | Oct 3, 2007 7:52:24 AM

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