NEWS BITE: Aspartame Once Again Deemed Safe by European Food Safety Authority

In December, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) once again confirmed the strong evidence available to support aspar-tame’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.

According to David Schmidt, President & CEO of IFIC Foundation, “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 con?ident 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 phenylke-tonuria, 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:

Everything You Need to Know About Aspar­tame

Video: Aspartame Facts and Fiction 

Facts About Low-Calorie Sweeteners

View this statement on the IFIC Founda­tion website.