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[IP] FDA Approves New, Superstrong Sweetener

 >FDA Approves New, Superstrong Sweetener
 >Fri Jul 5, 8:20 PM ET
 >WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said Friday they approved a new
 >sweetener, neotame, that is about 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar.
 >The Food and Drug Administration ( news - web sites) said neotame, a water
 >soluble, white crystalline powder, can be used as a tabletop sweetener as
 >well as in cooking and food processing.
 >The agency approved neotame for use in a variety of food products including
 >baked goods, soft drinks, chewing gum, jams and jellies and processed fruits
 >and fruit juices.
 >Neotame is made by privately held NutraSweet Company of Mount Prospect,
 >Illinois, the firm that makes the artificial sweetener NutraSweet, or
 >aspartame. Neotame is about 20 to 30 times sweeter than aspartame, depending
 >upon its application, FDA spokeswoman Carrie Ainsworth-Wright said.
 >The FDA said it reviewed data on neotame from more than 113 animal and human
 >studies that were designed to look for cancer-causing, reproductive or
 >neurological effects.
 >"From its evaluation of the neotame database, the FDA was able to conclude
 >that neotame is safe for human consumption," the agency said in a statement.
 >Monsanto Co. owned NutraSweet until 2000, when the sweetener business was
 >sold to a private equity firm. Monsanto is a unit of Pharmacia Corp.
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