FSANZ proposes increased limit for chewing gum sweetener

Monday, 24 August, 2015

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is inviting submissions on a proposal to increase the maximum permitted level for the Acesulphame potassium sweetener in chewing gum.

The application would increase the limit for the sweetener from 2000 mg/kg to 5000 mg/kg.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said an increased limit would align the Food Standards Code with regulations in several other countries, including Canada and Japan.

“FSANZ has conducted a thorough safety assessment, including a dietary exposure assessment, and concluded there are no public health and safety issues associated with increasing the limit,” he said.

The closing date for submissions is 1 October 2015.

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