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EFSA approves sweetener sucralose for infant medical foods

20th January 2016

EFSA approves sweetener sucralose for infant medical foods

It is safe to include the sugar-derived sweetener sucralose in special medical foods for young children, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded.

The safety assessment saw the authority’s panel on food additives and nutrient sources added to food (ANS) extend the okay for added sucralose (E 955) to these special products for children aged one to three.

Sucralose is a calorie-free artificial sweetener up to 650 times sweeter than sugar.

After reviewing the case, EFSA said: “The ANS Panel concluded that the proposed extension of use of sucralose (E 955) at the requested level of 400 mg/kg product in FSMP [food for special medical purposes] for young children aged from 1 to 3 years would not be of safety concern.” 


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Food Labelling Services Comments:

The use of all food additives is strictly controlled through the Union List of Food Additives. It is imperative to check against these regulations when using an additive in foods. With the current discussions on reducing the quantities of sugar in all foods, this may reduce the use of sugar in products for children aged 1-3.

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