FDA Rejects Ban On Diet Soda Sweetener Aspartame

Law360, New York (October 27, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected calls to ban low-calorie sweetener aspartame, finding no evidence that the widely used diet soda additive causes cancer.

In responses released Friday, the FDA shot down two citizen petitions that urged regulators to recall the ingredient and to revoke a regulation that allows its use in food. Aspartame is sold under the brand name NutraSweet, is a component of coffee sweetener Equal and is commonly used in popular soft drinks, including Diet Coke.

One of the FDA's responses...
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