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Aspartame hazard and risk assessment results released

IARC Monographs Meeting 134 Aspartame results Home

Assessments of the health impacts of the non-sugar sweetener aspartame are released today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). Citing “limited evidence” for carcinogenicity in humans, IARC classified aspartame as possibly carcinogenic to humans (IARC Group 2B) and JECFA reaffirmed the acceptable daily intake of 40 mg/kg body weight.

Press release

Joint Press Release (IARC and JECFA)

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Summary of findings

Joint summary of findings of the evaluation of aspartame

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JECFA evaluation

JECFA evaluation

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The Lancet Oncology article

The Lancet Oncology article

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IARC Monographs Vol. 134 evaluations

IARC Monographs hazard classification

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Video: IARC Monographs hazard classification process

This video explains the process used by the IARC Monographs on the Identification of Carcinogenic Hazards to Humans to classify a substance according to the strength of the evidence that the substance can cause cancer. This classification does not indicate the level of cancer risk associated with exposure.

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