The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced an April 9, 2013, scientific meeting to discuss its draft opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame (E951). Issued by the agency’s Scientific Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS Panel), the re-evaluation declined to revise the current Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for aspartame after concluding that the substance and its breakdown products “pose no toxicity concern for consumers at current levels of exposure.” Additional details about this conclusion appear in Issue 466 of this Update.

The follow-up meeting seeks to clarify any comments received during the draft opinion’s consultation period, which ended February 15. Before adopting its final opinion on aspartame, the ANS Panel will take into account these responses and meeting discussions, as well as issue a separate report that outlines these proceedings. EFSA has asked “scientific experts in the field of food safety and parties who have contributed to the public consultation” to register for the conference by March 25.