Last updated on 10 December 2013
European Food Safety Authority issues opinion on aspartame
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has today published its opinion on aspartame, following completion of a full risk assessment. EFSA has concluded that 'aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure'.
Read the opinion
The full opinion can be found on the EFSA website via the 'External sites' link on this page.
Aspartame is an approved additive and is also referred to as E951. It is an intense sweetener, approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar, which has been used in soft drinks and other low calorie or sugar free foods throughout the world for more than 25 years.
Sweeteners and all other food additives are regulated and may only be used once their safety has been rigorously assessed. Further information about aspartame can be found via the 'Aspartame' link below.