The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the agency that rules on health claims and food safety, is reviewing the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame. It has just released the 112 studies it reviewed in the 1980s along with hundreds of studies submitted more recently. Its re-evaluation is expected in 2012.
Despite many complaints to the contrary, the FDA has consistently ruled that aspartame is safe at levels currently consumed. With release of the EFSA studies, people concerned about this issue can review the data and draw their own conclusions.
It will be interesting to see EFSA’s review when it appears.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”