EFSA and the European
Commission have agreed to extend the timeframe for the Authority’s
full re-evaluation of aspartame to allow sufficient time to consider
and address feedback, including new information, resulting from
the public consultation on its draft opinion.
From the comments received, experts on EFSA’s Scientific
Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS
Panel) have identified aspects of their draft opinion and key
steps in their scientific approach that they would like to clarify
further, including the expression of uncertainties, before finalising
their conclusions. This will ensure that EFSA’s scientific
advice fully integrates information received and that those with
an interest in this work will be able to easily understand how
the Panel derived its conclusions.
From 9 January to 15 February 2013, EFSA held an online public
consultation on its draft Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation
of aspartame (E 951) as a food additive. On 9 April, the Authority
wrapped up this process by holding a follow-up meeting to discuss
the comments received. EFSA received over 200 comments on such
issues as how EFSA’s experts select studies for its risk
assessments, the safety of the metabolites of aspartame and how
best to express uncertainties highlighted in the draft opinion.
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