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Legislation

Approved for use in the UK since 1983, aspartame is also approved by all of the leading regulatory authorities internationally and in more than 100 countries, including the 15 member states of the EU. The World Health Organisation, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the United Nations, the Food & Agriculture Organisation, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the European Union's Scientific Committee for Food have all approved aspartame for use in food and beverages.

In the UK its use is regulated by the Sweeteners in Food Regulations 1995 (revised 1997). The use of aspartame, as with all low-calorie sweeteners, has implications for the labelling of products which contain the ingredient and this is covered by the Food Labelling Regulations 1996.

In addition the acceptable daily intake level (ADI) of 40mg aspartame per kg of body weight means that to reach that level an average adult would have to consume more than 13 cans of a drink, sweetened only with aspartame, each day.