European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Aspartame

Aspartame

Aspartame is a low-calorie, intense sweetener. It is a white, odourless powder, approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar.

Aspartame is used in a number of foodstuffs such as drinks, desserts, sweets, dairy, chewing gums, energy-reduces and weight control products and as a table-top sweetener throughout the world. The sweetener has been authorised for many years in many countries following thorough safety assessments.

The sweetener and its breakdown products have been a matter of extensive investigation for more than 20 years including experimental animal studies, clinical research, intake and epidemiological studies and post-marketing surveillance. Aspartame was found to be safe for human consumption, a conclusion which was reconfirmed in the review carried out by the Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) in 2002 .  

In 2005 the Ramazzini Foundation in Bologna, Italy published findings of a new study on the carcinogenicity of aspartame carried out in rats. EFSA’s AFC Panel assessed the study and findings of the Ramazzini Foundation and adopted an opinion.

Press releases

5/5/2006: EFSA assesses new aspartame study and reconfirms its safety

19/12/2005: Aspartame: EFSA receives data requested from the Ramazzini Institute Scientific experts to start the evaluation

29/11/2005: EFSA urges the Ramazzini Institute to release data on aspartame

14/7/2005:New research data on the sweetener aspartame to be considered by EFSA’s scientific experts