The Scientific Committee for Food, an independent committee that advises the European Commission on questions concerning consumer health and food safety, this week announced that it has re-evaluated the sweetener cyclamate.
In a statement, the Committee said that although the new epidemiological data revealed no indications of harmful effects of cyclamate on humans, it has decided to lower the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for this substance from 11 to 7 mg/kg bodyweight.
According to the committee, new scientific evidence has shown the conversion rate of cyclamate in the body to be higher than was previously thought.
Asa consequence, the Commission has decided, as a precautionary measure, to propose reducing the use of cyclamate by banning its use in certain food categories like chewing gums and breath-freshening micro-sweets, and by reducing it in soft drinks (from 400 mg/l to 350 mg/l).
The Commission said that it hoped this measure would ensure that the intake of cyclamates stays below the revised ADI.