Output of the public consultation on the draft EFSA scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame (E951) as a food additive

Question Number
EFSA-Q-2012-00881
Issued
6 décembre 2013
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Abstract

The Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) endorsed the draft ‘scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame (E 951) as a food additive’ for public consultation on 20th December 2012.The public consultation was open from 8th January until the 15th February 2013. EFSA received written comments from interested parties including industry, non-governmental organisations, national agencies and individuals. The current report summarises the outcome of the public consultation, and includes a brief summary of the comments received and how the comments were addressed.

Summary

In May 2011, the European Commission asked EFSA to bring forward the full re-evaluation of the safety of aspartame (E 951). EFSA performed a thorough literature review of both published and unpublished studies following public calls for scientific data. All available data were considered and a draft scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame was endorsed by the ANS Panel for public consultation on 20th December 2012.

The public consultation aimed to receive input from the scientific community and all interested parties on the draft ‘scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame (E 951) as a food additive’. During the public consultation, that was open from 8th January until the 15th February 2013, EFSA received written comments from interested parties including industry, non-governmental organisations, national agencies and individuals.

The current report summarises the outcome of the public consultation, and includes a brief summary of the written comments received and how these comments were addressed. The ANS Panel prepared an updated version of the ‘scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame (E 951) as a food additive’ taking into account the comments received. The scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame was discussed and adopted at the 47th ANS Plenary meeting on 28th  November 2013, and is published in the EFSA Journal.

Published
10 décembre 2013