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The International Stevia Council says a reference stevia extract will better serve participants of the program.
The International Stevia Council (ISC; Brussels) says that ChromaDex Corp. (Irvine, CA) will provide the reference benchmark standard for the organization’s ongoing Proficiency Testing Program, which allows companies and research labs to measure their own stevia sweetener extracts against an industry standard.
Stevia is popularly used in foods and beverages as a zero-calorie sweetener, but, like most other ingredients, stevia can be subject to manipulated analytical data. The ISC’s testing program helps manufacturers deal with this threat by providing a way of validating both the safety and quality of extracts. Similar initiatives exist for other sweeteners and food ingredients. In the case of this stevia program, testing is based on a submitted sample’s content of steviol glycosides, the active sweetening compounds of the stevia plant.
ChromaDex’s stevia extract can be used during the current round of testing, and the company will supply the testing program with its stevia extract for at least the next two years. The Proficiency Testing Program is available for ISC members and non-members. To participate or learn more, visit the link above.
ISC president Larry Fernandes says the introduction of a reference benchmark standard will streamline experiences for participants as well as facilitate better guidance regarding how participants analyze their own extracts.