Press releases

22 July 2019

BSDA challenges 'committed critic' of aspartame

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has challenged the veracity of new research which claims that the European Food Safety Authority giving a clean bill of health to aspartame was seriously flawed. 

Professor Erik Millstone and colleagues at the University of Sussex argue that there are many scientific studies which raise legitimate safety questions around the artificial sweetener together with circumstantial evidence of neurological harm.

BSDA Director-General Gavin Partington said: “The author of this study is a committed critic of aspartame, despite the substantial body of scientific research that undermines his claims.

"According to all leading health authorities in the world, as well as Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK, low- and no-calorie sweeteners are safe. A study conducted on behalf of the UK Food Standards Agency in 2015 found no negative health links related to the consumption of aspartame. In March 2017, the UK Government and Public Health England publicly endorsed the use of low-calorie sweeteners as a safe alternative to reduce sugar in food and drink and help people manage their weight.”