US scientists challenge approval of sweetener

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:386

High ranking scientists in the United States have written to the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to prevent the artificial sweetener acesulfame K from being approved for use in diet soft drinks and colas. The sweetener, which has the trade name Sunett, is already licensed as a “minor” sweetener for chewing gum and sweets and is currently being considered for wider approval.

The scientists, backed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit, non-governmental advocacy group, say that the studies on which the sweetener's existing approval was based are seriously flawed and that wider approval would lead to a public danger. Dr Arthur Upton, former director of the …

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