Health Canada questions safety of aspartame

May 17, 2006 in Food Safety, Nutrition Topics in the News

Health Canada questions safety of aspartame

Health Canada has reviewed a recent study considering the safety of aspartame.

The study, conducted by researchers at the European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Science suggested that aspartame could be carcinogenic, even at doses smaller than the present acceptable daily intake. The findings were published in Environment Health Perspectives in November 2005.

After reviewing the findings, Health Canada scientists concluded that the reported findings did not indicate a need to change the existing restrictions surrounding the use of aspartame as outlined in the current Food and Drug Regulations.

Aspartame is a non-nutritive sweetener that was first approved for use in Canada in 1981. Its safety has been extensively studied by international groups.

Health Canada has requested the complete set of raw data from the Foundation in order to begin their own comprehensive analysis.

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