Allulose is the new kid on the block when it comes to natural sugar replacement. Ken Izumori discovered the key enzyme used in the production of allulose in 1994, but the product was only recently recognized as safe by the FDA (GRAS). Although some might not see the FDA as progressive, compared to other countries’ regulatory agencies, you would be surprised. If you are planning on using allulose in your product and expanding outside of the US, it is good to brush up the respective regulations.
Allulose is approved and available in the United States, Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Costa Rica, and Singapore.
In Canada, allulose is not on the list of permitted sweeteners.
Allulose will be coming to Europe, but that approval could take years. The sweetener needs to be approved as a Novel Food by the European Commission. Studies are currently in progress.
Here are some things to consider if you plan on using allulose in your product and eventually expanding overseas.
Are you selling to a foreign company or transferring to a foreign warehouse under their US entity?
- If you are selling to a foreign company, it would be best to consult with the foreign purchaser’s customs broker first. It is in your best interest to have their customs broker contact the supplier.
- If you are transferring to a foreign warehouse, under a US entity, and the goods have not been officially sold then that is different. It can be expensive for a foreign company to import food additives.
If you have any other questions regarding allulose regulations, please reach out. We are happy to set up a consultation. Throw us an email to find out if this amazing new, natural sweetener is right for you, and check out our exclusive blend, KetoseSweet+!