Fake Stevia Products Investigated In Malaysia

  • Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:00
  • Published in Business News
  • Read 801 times

Malaysia’s health ministry’s director general Noor Hisham Abdullah said investigations followed the claims of 10 fake stevia products sold in the market.

A report on laboratory tests conducted on the fake stevia products by University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and University Putra Malaysia revealed the products did not contain any plant extracts, but instead had a combination of chemicals that poses health risks when consumed.

Stevia extract is a type of natural sweetener taken from the leaves of the stevia rebaudiana bertoni plant which contains steviol glycosides. It is processed into white or light yellow powder, is odourless, and used a sugar substitute. Unlike other sugar substitutes, stevia is derived from a plant and does not add calories.

“The ministry is investigating the matter to ascertain the products comply with food laws. Regulation 118A of the Food Regulations 1985, Food Act 1983, has set the standards for stevia extract products,” said Mr Abdullah.

Mr Abdullah went on to say it was an offence for anyone to import, distribute, keep or sell food that contains dangerous poisons or is harmful to the health, and this includes stevia products. He said those found guilty face a fine of not more than US$23,000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years, or both.

APFI About Us

Asia Pacific Food Industry (APFI) is Asia’s leading trade magazine for the food and beverage industry. Established in 1985, APFI is the first BPA-audited magazine and the publication of choice for professionals throughout the industry with its editorial coverage on the latest research, innovative technologies, health and nutrition trends, and market reports.

Asia Pacific Food Industry is published by Eastern Trade Media Pte Ltd. The company owns numerous trade and consumer titles, including Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News and Industrial Automation Asia.

Ebook

View Now