Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category : NEWS, NUTRILEGAL, food safety | Author : experts
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ANSES issued an internal request on 30 June 2011 for an assessment of the nutritional health benefits and risks of high-intensity sweeteners after the publication of 2 studies highlighting safety issues (see the news in brief of January 17th 2011, March 8th 2011, and March 24th 2011). The assessment is currently under way but a preliminary progress report was published dealing specifically with the effects of consumption of these sweeteners by pregnant women. As regards a potential risk during pregnancy, ANSES considers that the scientific data available on pregnant women are not sufficient to provide a conclusion. Moreover, ANSES emphasizes that no studies show any nutritional benefits of consuming these substances during pregnancy.

These conclusions will be revised as necessary with regard to ANSES’s work on the general population, for which the analyses may be extrapolated to pregnant women. ANSES will issue, if necessary, recommendations based on all the available data.

It should be noted that EFSA’s conclusions regarding a possible reassessment of the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame are expected in late 2012.


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