The French agency for food, environmental and occupational health safety (ANSES) became a legal and operational entity on 1 July 2010, following the promulgation in the Government Gazette of the Ministerial Order of 8 January 2010 which created it.

The new health establishment, to be referred to by the acronym ANSES (pronounced “An-sess”) has incorporated the missions, resources and personnel of the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) and the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (AFSSET).

Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments (AFSSA, or French Agency for Food Safety)


2009 On 12 January 2009, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control requested the French Food Safety Agency (Afssa) to issue an opinion on a new draft order concerning the use of rebaudioside A, an extract of Stevia rebaudiana, as a food additive.

Afssa issued a favorable opinion on the new draft order, subject to the prior verification of conditions for use of this sweetener for certain food categories, given the thermal degradation of rebaudioside A at a temperature exceeding 100°C. These food categories are: breakfast cereals, cones and wafers with no added sugar for ice cream, dry, salted appetizers made from starch, or walnuts and hazelnuts.

The draft order referred to in this opinion plans to grant the authorization to use rebaudioside A, an extract of Stevia rebaudiana, as a food additive for a limited period of two years.

Opinion of the French Food Safety Agency on a new draft order on the use of rebaudioside A, an extract of Stevia rebaudiana, as a food additive


2008 On 14 October 2008, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control requested the French Food Safety Agency (Afssa) to issue an opinion on a draft order concerning the use of steviol as an additive in food for human consumption.

This draft order plans to grant the authorization to use steviol glycosides as a food additive (sweetener) in France for a limited period of two years, following Afssa’s opinion of 11, September 2008.

Opinion of the French Food Safety Agency on a draft order concerning the use of steviol as an additive in food for human consumption