Non-GMO sweetener producer SweeGen has received a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) No Objection Letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for its Bestevia Rebaudioside D stevia leaf sweetener.

The certification affirms that Bestevia Rebaudioside D sweetener can be used as a general-purpose, non-nutritive sweetener in applications such as dairy, bakery and beverages.

The company claims that its sweetener, which is produced using the stevia leaf, enables sugar reduction without sacrificing taste in food and beverage products.

SweeGen natural sweetener business director Katharina Pueller said: “Having received the No Objection Letter from the FDA, SweeGen and our valued distribution partner Ingredion are now able to support food and beverage manufacturers in the US as they work to meet consumer demand for reduced and no-sugar products made with our new, high-purity, great-tasting stevia sweetener.”

“Bestevia Reb D stevia leaf sweetener gives manufacturers a new tool to reduce sugar, without sacrificing taste.”

Ingredion currently distributes bestevia Reb M and Reb D stevia leaf sweeteners in the US and is awaiting regulatory approvals for distribution in other countries.

Ingredion sweetness innovation marketing manager Kurt Callaghan said: “The sugar-reduction trend is reshaping the way manufacturers formulate for sweet taste globally.

“Bestevia Reb D stevia leaf sweetener gives manufacturers a new tool to reduce sugar, without sacrificing taste.”

Ingredion is a global ingredient solutions provider serving customers in more than 100 countries. Its ingredients make crackers crunchy, yoghurts creamy, candy sweet, paper stronger and add fibre to nutrition bars.