IFIC Statement: Aspartame Once Again Deemed Safe by European Food Safety Authority

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IFIC Statement

Today’s opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has once again shown the strong evidence available to support aspartame’s safe use in foods and beverages. In addition to being reaffirmed as safe on numerous occasions by regulatory, health, and scientific authorities around the world, low-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame, when consumed in the context of a healthful diet and regular physical activity, can also be an effective weight management tool.

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) is committed to communicating science-based information and has communicated about the safety of aspartame for more than 25 years. The overwhelming consensus among qualified experts, based on decades of research, is that aspartame is a safe low-calorie sweetener for the general population and does not cause adverse health effects.

According to David Schmidt, President & CEO of IFIC, “This latest EFSA review is one of a long string of studies, reviews, and determinations by credible organizations over several decades that support aspartame’s safety. The general population can feel confident that their favorite foods and beverages currently available containing aspartame are safe and can be consumed as part of a healthful diet.” The only exception is persons with phenylketonuria, or PKU, who cannot metabolize phenylalanine, a component of aspartame as well as many other foods.

For more information about aspartame and health, please visit these IFIC Foundation resources:

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