EFSA to Reassess Aspartame Safety

July 6, 2011

The agency plans to complete a reevaluation of the artificial sweetener in 2012.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has announced a public call for scientific data relating to the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame. In May, the European Commission requested a reevaluation of aspartame. EFSA says the sweetener has not been reevaluated since its approval in the 1980s.

The agency will consider 112 studies submitted during the 1980s approval period, along with any published, unpublished, and newly generated data relating to aspartame’s use in foods, beverages, and as a tabletop sweetener.

The call for data is open until September 30, 2011. EFSA expects to complete the reevaluation in 2012.