EU Labeling and Legislation
Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and amendments regulates the use of food additives which are used
- to impart a sweet taste to foodstuffs
- as table-top sweeteners.
Its annex II contains a list of foodstuffs in which polyols can be used, at quantum satis level. The use is, in most cases, restricted to foodstuffs which are either "energy-reduced" or manufactured "with no added sugars".
Definitions (for the purpose of this Regulation)
- "with no added sugars": without any added mono- or di-saccharides or any added foodstuff containing mono- or di-saccharides which is used for its sweetening properties
- "energy-reduced": with an energy value reduced by at least 30 % compared with the original foodstuff or a similar product
Labelling – Regulation (EU) N° 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers
- Foodstuffs containing any polyols must carry a label "with sweetener(s)"
- Foodstuffs containing both an added sugar or sugars and any polyols must carry a label "with sugar(s) and sweetener(s)"
- Foodstuffs containing more than 10 % added polyols must carry a label "excessive consumption may produce laxative effects" 1
All Cargill’s polyols also comply with Commission Regulation (EU) N°231/2012 and amendments laying down specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) N° 1333/2008 for use in foodstuffs.
1Polyols are completely safe for use in foodstuffs, but may induce mild gastro-intestinal side effects. However, these are not limited to polyols and are characteristic of a number of other natural food ingredients and foodstuffs (e.g. fruits, vegetables and dietary fibre). The tolerance to those effects depends on individual sensitivity, intake (single or multiple), food environment and frequency (adaptation).
Some Cargill products are only approved for use in certain geographies, end uses, and/or at certain usage levels. It is the customer's responsibility to determine, for a particular geography, that (i) the Cargill product, its use and usage levels, (ii) the customer's product and its use, and (iii) any claims made about the customer's product, all comply with applicable laws and regulations.