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Rome, 5 May 2006 - The European Food Safety Authority today has performed its ritual to whitewash aspartame, an artificial sweetener made of two amino acids and methanol. In a well organized press conference in Rome, attended by an international group of health journalists and streamed live on the internet, the food watchdog explained its reasons for disregarding the study published last year by the prestigious Ramazzini Institute which found multiple cancers in rats fed the low-calorie sweetener.

NutraSweet - is it safe?

Dr. Iona Pratt, the head of the working group that reviewed the study, acknowledged the serious nature of the Institute's work but explained that the tumors the Italian researchers found in the rats may well have been "due to other reasons" than aspartame intake.

Dr. Pratt also made reference to other, previous studies, that had found no cancer risk, to sustain the  panel's view.  A  special  mention  went   to   a  recent "large study of  over  500.000 people in the US" that found no aspartame-cancer link. Perhaps she should have added that this study was a diet assessment, not designed to evaluate the effects of aspartame, and in contrast to the "life time" study of the Ramazzini Institute it assessed only one year's worth of diet with no specific questions relating to aspartame intake.

In what seems to amount to a leap of faith, the panel recommended not only to leave aspartame well alone because "it does not cause cancer", but also stated in its recommendations that there is no reason to look any further. This is somewhat akin to the US Department of Agriculture's refusal to allow testing for mad cow disease - bury your head in the sand and the danger will go away. After some time, Jane and Joe public will have forgotten...

The recommendation to not look further into aspartame safety drew some questions from the journalists present. In response, the huge amount of data from consumers, collected by the FDA, was cited as proof for the sweetener's safety. But when pressed as to why not look, Sue Barlow, the Chair of the the EFSA's Scientific Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings said it would be hard to collect data from consumers and expect an evaluation of those data not to be in some way biased. So it would seem that as long as consumers say that aspartame is great, that would be just fine, but when they start to complain, that shows bias.

It is doubtful that the EFSA's analysis of the Ramazzini study will do much to calm the minds of those who work to bring the sweetener's adverse effects to the attention of the authorities, neither will it make the side effects experienced by individuals less debilitating or, for that matter, less deadly.

The official announcement of the results of EFSA's review of the Ramazzini study

EUROPEAN RAMAZZINI FOUNDATION STANDS BEHIND ASPARTAME STUDY RESULTS, ANNOUNCES ONGOING RESEARCH ON ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

Response to EFSA's AFC panel decision

Press and comment:

The first press report is from a food industry publication, visibly relieved that "food and beverage makers will not have to reformulate their products and find a substitute" for the sweetener.

Aspartame safe for consumption, food regulator concludes

URL of this article:
http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/2006/05/05/

eu_food_watchdog_whitewashing_aspartame_cancers_not_due_to_sweetener.htm

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