Product Information

Approvals

United States of America

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of aspartame as a general purpose sweetener. Ajinomoto Aspartame is used in a wide range of product categories including:

  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Powdered soft drinks
  • Milk shake mixes
  • Baked goods
  • Cereals
  • Dairy products
  • Frozen desserts
  • Confectionery
  • Table-top sweeteners

This approval, which was given in 1996, underlined the confidence of the FDA in the safety and value of aspartame. It marked the 26th time that the FDA had affirmed the safety of aspartame over a period of 23 years. The FDA approved aspartame in 1981 for use in table-top sweeteners and dry food and drink products. It was the first low-calorie sweetener approved by the FDA in more than 25 years. In 1983, the FDA approved the use of aspartame in carbonated beverages.

Aspartame has also been reviewed and determined to be safe by the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Food Safety Authority, and the regulatory bodies of more than 100 countries.

Click here for the FDA Code of Federal Regulations

Europe

Aspartame was first approved in Europe in 1979

Aspartame was first approved in Europe for table-top sweeteners in France in 1979. In the 1980s, approvals followed in many other countries, and the legislation was brought together in a European Sweetener Directive in 1994.

Aspartame can be used in a wide range of product categories including:

  • Powder products such as milkshake mixes
  • Baked goods
  • Cereals
  • Dairy products
  • Frozen Desserts
  • Confectionery
  • Table-top sweeteners
  • Pharmaceuticals

The European legislation can be viewed as a pdf file or by accessing the relevant web page by following the links below:

  • European Parliament and Council Directive 94/35/EC of 30 June 1994 on Sweeteners for use in Foodstuffs
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  • Directive 96/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 December 1996 amending Directive 94/35/EC on Sweeteners for use in Foodstuffs
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  • Directive 2003/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 December 2003 amending Directive 94/35/EC on Sweeteners for use in Foodstuffs
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  • Consolidated Articles and Annex of Directive 94/35/ec of June 30 1994 on Sweeteners for use in Foodstuffs and amending Directives 96/83/EC of 19 December 1996 and 2003/115/EC of 22 December 2003
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The European Commission bases its legislative proposals on the advice that it receives from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The latest review of aspartame by EFSA was completed in December 2013. A copy of the fact sheet prepared by EFSA, which summarises the Authority's findings, is available here (pdf file, 3.8MB). Versions of the fact sheet in other languages and extensive additional information about EFSA's evaluation of aspartame are available from the EFSA web site.