Regulation: On stevia rebaudiana

The Commission has recently updated the catalogue
of ‘novel food’ changing the entry of Stevia rebaudiana:
tea, herbal and fruit infusions containing or prepared
with leaves of Stevia are not subject to Regulation (CE)
No 258 / 97 on Novel Food as these kinds of product
were on the market as a food or food ingredient before
15 May 1997 and therefore their use is not considered
as ‘novel’.
Therefore, if there are not national legislations which
restrict it, it is possible to certify the plant and the
above-mentioned products as organic. Consult the
updated catalogue of novel food.

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