Slovakia TRIS notification – Voluntary labelling steviol glycosides

English: Stevia rebaudiana flowers
English: Stevia rebaudiana flowers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The draft decree lays down the voluntary labelling requirements for the purposes of providing the consumer with better information about foodstuffs containing steviol glycosides.

The aim of the draft decree is to lay down the requirements for the labelling of foodstuffs containing the food additive steviol glycosides (E 960). These requirements are based on Commission Regulation (EU) 1131/2011 of 11 November 2011 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food additives with regard to steviol glycosides, which, with a view to practical requirements, allowed for the use of this natural zero-energy sweetener in the production of energy-reduced products. This additive is an extract from the plant Stevia rebaudiana and has been included among food additives. On the basis of the above, the labelling must not indicate that a product is sweetened with stevia; instead, it must indicate that it is sweetened with a sweetener obtained from stevia, i.e. steviol glycosides or a component thereof with the food additive number E 960. This decree defines the specific words that may be used to describe foodstuffs containing steviol glycosides.

Here are some articles:

Art. 3

(1)               If steviol glycosides have been used for the production of a foodstuff, the words referred to in special regulations shall be indicated on the labelling,[1]) and, for the purposes of informing the consumer, the words below may be used in the labelling of this foodstuff

a)      “with steviol glycosides”, if the steviol glycosides contain no less than 95% by weight of stevioside, rebaudiosides A, B, C, D, E or F, steviolbioside, rubusoside and dulcoside in the dry matter of the steviol glycosides,

b)      “with rebaudioside A”, if the steviol glycosides contain no less than 95% by weight of rebaudioside in the dry matter of the steviol glycosides,

c)      “with stevioside”, if the steviol glycosides contain no less than 95% by weight of stevioside in the dry matter of the steviol glycosides,

d)     “with steviol glycosides obtained from stevia”, where the words “from stevia” may be replaced with the words “from stevia extract” or “extract from the leaves of stevia”,

e)      “with steviol glycosides of plant origin” or “with steviol glycosides from a plant source”,

f)      “with steviol glycosides naturally occurring in the leaves of stevia”.

(2)               The words referred to in 1 a) to f) may not be used in the information on the composition of a foodstuff containing steviol glycosides.

(3)               The labelling of a foodstuff containing steviol glycosides may include a graphical or image representation of the stevia plant or a part thereof only if the words referred to in 1 a) to f) are indicated close to the representation.

Art. 4  

A foodstuff containing steviol glycosides may be placed on the market in packaging manufactured before 1 March 2014, which does not comply with the requirements under this decree, until stocks are exhausted, but no later than on the use-by date indicated on the packaging.

Art. 5

The requirements under this decree shall not apply to products that have been manufactured or placed on the market in another Member State or in Turkey or placed on the market in accordance with the law of a Member State of the European Free Trade Association, which is at the same time a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

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Art. 7

This decree shall enter into force on 1 March 2014.


[1]) § 10(5) of Decree No 127/2012

Regulation (EC) No 1333/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 354, 31.12.2008), as amended.

Written Q&A to EU Commission – Steviol glycosides/energy reduced jam

Question for written answer E-005732/12 to the Commission Hermann Winkler (PPE) (7 June 2012)
Subject: Regulation (EU) No 1131/2011 amending Annex II of Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to steviol glycosides

Commission Regulation (EU) No 1131/2011 dated 11 November 2011 amending Annex II of Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to steviol glycosides sets down a list of the food additives permitted for use in foods in the European Union and their conditions for use.

Part E of Annex II of this regulation lists approved foods and conditions for use according to food category. Column 6 of the table contains restrictions/exceptions.

1. Is it the case that the restriction ‘only energy-reduced jams, jellies and marmalades’ under Category C4.2.5.1. ‘Extra jam and extra jelly as defined by Directive 2001/113/EC’ is interpreted to mean that steviol glycoside may only be used in energy-reduced jams, jellies and marmalades and that only for these products, by way of exception, is the use of steviol glycoside permitted?

2. If not, is the restriction interpreted in such a way that steviol glycosides may not be used in energy-reduced jams, jellies and marmalades?
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission (17 August 2012)
The Commission Regulation referred to by the Honourable Member authorises the use of steviol glycosides in the food Category C4.2.5.1. ‘Extra jam and extra jelly as defined by Directive 2001/113/EC (1)’ as well as in the food Category C4.2.5.1. ‘Jam, jelly and marmalades and sweetened chestnut puree as defined by Directive 2001/113/EC’. In both categories steviol glycosides, expressed as steviol equivalents can be used with a maximum amount of 200 mg/kg, provided that the products are energy reduced. This means that the energy value should be reduced by at least 30% compared with the original food or a similar product.