HB Natural Ingredients has received a "Letter of No Objection" for Vitosa stevia sweeteners from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), confirming that the agency has "no questions" on the self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of Vitosa for use as a sweetener in food and beverage products.
HB Natural Ingredients is a manufacturer of specialty plant-based ingredients and a subsidiary of BGG World.
Vitosa is offered in three variants, each having its own distinctive characteristics. Vitosa Match has a reduced sweet aftertaste and a lingering sweetness perception; Vitosa Delight gives a sweetness onset similar to sucrose, and Vitosa Active eliminates bitterness even at high sugar-equivalent use levels.
"Our Vitosa stevia sweeteners are excellent high-intensity sweeteners with a powerful dual benefit – the capability to deliver deep sugar reduction and maintain sugar-like taste with no bitterness," Dr. Varuzhan Abelyan, HB Natural Ingredients Chairman and Chief of Science & Technology, said in a press release.