(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement in response to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) finding released today confirming the safety of aspartame for consumption.
“We welcome today’s finding by the European Food Safety Authority confirming the safety of aspartame for consumption by the general population, including pregnant women. According to EFSA’s expert panel, this opinion is based on one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame ever undertaken. These findings are further supported by decades of scientific research and determinations by numerous regulatory agencies, including the US Food & Drug Administration, that have confirmed the safety of aspartame in food and beverage products.”
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.