"Stevia: The Journey from GRAS to Grocery"

Dr. Claire Kruger, Dr. Mike Carakostas and Hope Warshaw, RD discuss the history of stevia, the safety assessment and how this ingredient is now being used in foods and beverages. Get the most up to date and scientifically accurate information regarding stevia and acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the stevia plant, its components and the testing and science behind this new ingredient. New and emerging market areas where stevia may be used are highlighted.

Description

Dr. Claire Kruger, Dr. Mike Carakostas and Hope Warshaw, RD discuss the history of stevia, the safety assessment and how this ingredient is now being used in foods and beverages. Get the most up to date and scientifically accurate information regarding stevia and acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the stevia plant, its components and the testing and science behind this new ingredient. New and emerging market areas where stevia may be used are highlighted.

Objectives: "After reviewing the slides, reviewers will be able to:"

  1. Develop a better understanding of how food ingredients are regulated and the process to which they are subjected before being allowed in the marketplace.
  2. Increase knowledge and understanding of the stevia plant, its components and the testing and science behind this new ingredient and be able to provide scientifically based information to clients, colleagues, members of the media, etc.
  3. Determine how stevia is currently being used in the marketplace and possible future applications as well as populations who may be especially interested in this low-calorie sweetener.

To access the webinar, click here

More about the Speakers:

Dr. Michael Carakostas is a Senior Consultant with ToxStrategies, a scientific consulting firm, where he leads the Food and Supplement Safety Practice. He is a board certified veterinary clinical pathologist who has held full-time faculty appointments at several US veterinary schools as well as safety assessment and research positions in the food, drug and chemical industries. Dr. Carakostas has extensive experience in food ingredient safety assessment, food regulatory affairs and the management of risk and communication issues related to food safety. He recently helped lead a multi-year research effort to fill the safety assessment gaps on stevia that resulted in 11 new publications on the safety of rebaudioside A. Dr. Carakostas has published extensively on a wide variety of topics including clinical veterinary medicine, chemical and fiber toxicology, clinical pathology data interpretation, new animal drug evaluation and food ingredient safety assessment. He has also held a number of scientific and regulatory leadership positions in organizations such as the International Life Sciences Institute, International Food Information Council and The Calorie Control Council.

Dr. Claire Kruger has more than 20 years experience as a toxicology consultant, focusing on foods, consumer products and pharmaceuticals, providing scientific, regulatory, and strategic support to clients around the world. In 2007, Dr. Kruger was elected to the Spherix Incorporated Board of Directors where she currently also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Health Sciences. Her clients include food, drug, and dietary supplement manufacturers, agricultural producers, biotechnology companies, trade associations, and law firms.

Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, applies nearly thirty years of expertise as a dietitian and diabetes educator in her work translating nutrition and diabetes research into common sense advice as an author, freelance writer, and consultant. Hope has authored numerous consumer articles and books about healthy restaurant eating and diabetes nutrition management including: Eat Out Eat Right, Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy and Real Life Guide to Diabetes. Due to her interest in diabetes care and her work as a consultant to McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, Hope also has an in-depth knowledge of low calorie sweeteners, including stevia. She is currently a member of an ADA Evidence Analysis project on caloric and non-caloric sweeteners. Hope has been an active volunteer with diabetes and dietetic professional organizations and served as chair of Diabetes Care and Education dietetic practice group.

Learn more about