In a bid to ensure transparency in terms of its scientific-opinion forming, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said all 600 new studies it has received in its review of the safety of aspartame are now publically available.
The Parma-based risk assessor said it has released previously unpublished scientific data including the 112 original studies on aspartame which were submitted to support the request for authorisation of aspartame in Europe in the early 1980s.
Following a public call for scientific data on aspartame, which closed on 30 September 2011, EFSA said it received access to a large number of both published and unpublished scientific studies and datasets.
“In addition to the information and raw data made publicly available today on EFSA’s website, further unpublished scientific studies and data are expected to be made available for download once the Authority has received them in full and had confirmation of their non-confidentiality,” added the agency.
In May 2011, EFSA accepted a request from the European Commission to bring forward from 2020 to September 2012 the deadline for the scheduled full re-evaluation of this artificial sweetener. The risk assessor said it will update industry at key intervals during the aspartame review process.
The studies can be accessed here .