The American FDA does not agree with the WHO: Aspartame is safe!
The US Food and Drug Administration, FDA, disagrees with a WHO finding that the widely used sweetener, aspartame, can cause cancer in humans.
The FDA says the studies that WHO experts relied on to reach this conclusion were seriously flawed.
"Aspartame is one of the most studied food additives in the food supply. "FDA scientists have no safety concerns if aspartame is used under approved conditions," an agency spokesman said after the WHO released its findings.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a WHO body, found a possible link between aspartame and a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma after reviewing three large human studies in the US and Europe.
Aspartame is used as a sugar substitute in about 6,000 products worldwide, according to the Calorie Control Council, a trade group that represents manufacturers of artificial sweeteners.