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New standard for popular stevia-based sweetener to assure product's quality
Date:1/5/2009

e to participate in this process. We believe such a quality standard is critical given that Rebaudioside A's use as a sweetener is relatively new in the United States."

The proposed monograph standard became available in the FCC Forum section of USP's Web site (www.usp.org/fcc/forum) on December 31, 2008, for 90 days. After this comment period, USP's Food Ingredients Expert Committee, which comprises a group of independent, scientific experts, will approve the final monograph to be included in the 2009 FCC supplement.

The FCC monograph for Rebaudioside A will contain specifications related to the ingredient's identity, purity and potential impurities, and will include supporting analytical test procedures and use of USP chemical reference standards. The chemical reference standards will be established through USP's open, independent and collaborative testing process to ensure their suitability for the intended uses in the monograph test procedures. Once developed, the FCC Rebaudioside A monograph and associated reference standards will provide an objectively established standard against which both producers and purchasers can compare their ingredients to assure their quality.


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Contact: Francine Pierson
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301-816-8588
US Pharmacopeia
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