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Aspartame poses no risk for consumers

Staff writer ▼ | December 12, 2013
Aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in light food products and soft drinks, does not pose risks to the general population, the European food safety agency (EFSA) said.
Aspartame
AspartameAspartame, the artificial sweetener used in light food products and soft drinks, does not pose risks to the general population, the European food safety agency (EFSA) said.


It urged the Commission to strengthen the confidence of consumers, hoping to overcome the mistrust of citizens towards the additive. After considering the results of hundreds of studies, EFSA concluded "that aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for consumption," the chair of its panel on food additives, Alicja Mortensen, said, reports EurActiv.

The amount of aspartame one person can consume per day, or "acceptable daily intake" (ADI), is currently at 40 milligrams per kilogram (of food). "There was no reason to revise this ADI," EFSA argued. The agency flagged that people suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU) do not fall under this recommendation: PKU patients are unable to metabolise a certain type of amino acid found in aspartame and, EFSA advised, "should avoid all food items containing aspartame".

Aspartame is primarily known as an artificial sweetener that is used as an alternative to sugar substances in many soft drinks and "light" food products on the European market. The sweetener has been re-assessed six times since it was authorised for use in the EU in 1994.


 

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