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EFSA re-confirms the safety of aspartame and dismisses claims made by the Ramazzini Institute

2009-07-10 18:35:26

ISA welcomes two opinions1 published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today re-confirming the safety of the low-calorie sweetener aspartame, rejecting claims by the Ramazzini Institute () alleging that aspartame was unsafe.

 

The ANS (Additives and Nutrient Sources) Panel at EFSA concluded, “on the basis of all the evidence currently available including the last published ERF study there is no indication of any genotoxic or carcinogenic potential of aspartame and there is no reason to revise the previously established ADI for aspartame of 40 mg/kg bw/day”.

 

These conclusions from EFSA are entirely consistent with the global scientific consensus. Aspartame is not only one of the most thoroughly tested ingredients in the food supply but has also been approved by experts of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization (JECFA), and by regulatory agencies in more than one hundred countries including the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments (AFSSA) in France and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK. These conclusions also support the previous EFSA opinion on aspartame issued in May 2006. At that time, in response to earlier claims by the Ramazzini Institute, EFSA concluded that there was no need to further review the safety of aspartame.

 

Once again, the Ramazzini Institute has failed to substantiate its claims about aspartame. When the Institute made its first allegations about aspartame, it declined to provide its full set of pathology slides to EFSA and delivered only 70. This compares with approximately 39,000 slides that were independently reviewed before aspartame was first approved. On this occasion, EFSA had asked Ramazzini for further details of its scientific work, but none were forthcoming.

 

By providing sweetness without calories, aspartame can make a useful contribution to a healthy, calorie-controlled diet and can help people to avoid overweight and obesity, and their associated diseases. The allegations by the Ramazzini Institute would appear to be intended to unsettle people about a safe and beneficial food ingredient. 

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