Review Postscript of the Analysis of the EC/SCF Aspartame Document

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Analysis of the EC/SCF Aspartame Document

Since the Independent Analysis of the "Opinion of the European Commission, Scientific Committee on Food: Update on the Safety of Aspartame / E951" was written in 2002, several key pieces of information have come to light:

  1. A 2004 assessment by the European Anti-Fraud Agency (OLAF) revealed that the original "Opinion of the European Commission, Scientific Committee on Food: Update on the Safety of Aspartame / E951" was written by a single individual who works at the UK Food Safety Agency and not by the entire Scientific Committee on Food (SCF). OLAF did not reveal the name of this individual or what, if any, scientific expertise or conflict of interest this person had. The Opinion was then reviewed by the members of the SCF before approval, but according the OLAF, there were no significant changes that affected the conclusion.

    What is particularly interesting is that each Opinion of these Committees is prepared by one unnamed individual. Then the draft is reviewed by persons who are often industry consultants. It is clear that neither the original author nor the Committe (including industry consultants) had any familiarity with research related to aspartame (as detailed in the 2002 Analysis).

  2. The European Commission, Scientific Committee on Food is no longer active. All of the European Commission reviews are now being conducted by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA). Some of the same scientists with conflicts of interest on the Scientific Committee on Food and other European Commission scientific committess are now at the EFSA. At the end of this postscript, there is an article about another product originally put out by Monsanto (the original manufacturer of aspartame), a study demonstrating harmful effects and how EFSA avoided telling the public about this study and gave rubber-stamp approval.

  3. Three key studies that relate to aspartame have recently been completed:

  4. The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has stated that it will review the study linking aspartame ingestion to lymphomas and leukemias " a matter of high priority, in the context of the previous extensive safety data available on aspartame." If that quote doesn't give one a clue as to what the results of their review will be, I will be more clear: The review by EFSA (industry consultants) will find no problem with aspartame. That is a guarantee. You read it here first.