New research conducted by Morando Soffritti, director of the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy, has allegedly found that male mice systematically dosed with sucralose throughout their life cycles were more likely to develop a specific type of cancer. Presented at the April 25 Childhood Cancer 2012 Conference in London, the research evidently relied on 843 mice and appeared to identify a dose-dependent relationship between sucralose consumption and leukemia in male mice only. “Health concerns over aspartame are leading consumers to switch to the widely promoted alternative: sucralose,” said Soffritti, who has long lobbied European regulators to take aspartame off the market. “Now that we have found evidence of a link between sucralose and cancer in mice, similar research should be urgently repeated on rats, and large-scale observational studies should be set up to monitor any potential cancer risk to human health.” See Childhood Cancer 2012 Press Release, April 25, 2012.  

Meanwhile, industry leaders have reportedly dismissed the new studies as junk science. “This study, by a laboratory whose work has been dismissed by regulatory agencies, seems designed to produce scary but entirely false allegations,” one Tate & Lyle spokesperson said. “It has not been reviewed by independent scientists, has not been published for independent review and does not follow internationally agreed scientific procedures.” See Beverage-, April 25, 2012.