French Food Safety Agency gives aspartame a clean bill of health
France's food safety authority, the AFSSA (L'Agence Francaise de Sécurité
Sanitaire des Aliments), has evaluated the scientific credibility of rumours
about aspartame circulating on the internet and in the media and concluded that
they are without foundation. The report, instigated by France's DGCCRF
(Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Repression
des Fraudes), addresses in detail allegations concerning neurological effects.
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is also reviewing allegations about
aspartame, following its own internet search, and the AFSSA report will form
part of this review.
In summarising its conclusions, the AFSSA points out that the dietary
components produced when aspartame is digested are also produced during the
digestion of other foods which form part of the daily diet; aspartame is a minor
source of these components compared with other foodstuff and adverse effects
cannot therefore be attributed to aspartame.
Click here to download the conclusions of the AFSSA report
7th May 2002