Aspartame may be dangerous – level 3

05-07-2023 07:00

Aspartame, a common artificial sweetener found in various products, including diet sodas and chewing gum, is set to be classified as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

The IARC’s decision, expected in July, aims to assess potential hazards based on published evidence. This classification doesn’t consider safe consumption levels, which are determined by a separate expert committee. The previous rulings by IARC have raised concerns among consumers and led to legal action and changes in recipes.

While the WHO’s expert committee on additives is also reviewing aspartame, it has previously deemed the sweetener safe when consumed within daily limits. Industry and regulators have expressed concerns over coordinating the timing of both processes. Aspartame’s classification as ‘possibly carcinogenic’ will likely cause more debates over its safety.

Difficult words: carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer), potential (possible), deem (to consider).

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