What the Experts Say

hero_daddy_girlScientific experts around the world support the safety of sucralose and its role in reduced-calorie products as part of the fight against rising obesity levels. Below are a few quotes about the benefits and safety of sucralose:

“In determining the safety of sucralose, FDA reviewed data from more than 110 studies in humans and animals. Many of the studies were designed to identify possible toxic effects including carcinogenic, reproductive and neurological effects. No such effects were found, and FDA’s approval is based on the finding that sucralose is safe for human consumption.”
FDA Talk Paper T98-16.

“There is adequate evidence, [for sucralose], that there are no concerns about mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, development or reproductive toxicity.”
Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Commission on Sucralose, September 7, 2000

“The low-calorie sweeteners in the United States all underwent extensive testing before they were approved. Results showed that low-calorie sweeteners are safe for everyone, including children and pregnant women. Sucralose is the newest low-calorie sweetener on the market. Sucralose is not affected by heat and retains its sweetness in hot beverages, baked goods, and processed foods.”
American Diabetes Association

About Sucralose

“Sucralose (Splenda®) was approved by the FDA as a tabletop sweetener in 1998, followed by approval as a general purpose sweetener in 1999. Before approving sucralose, the FDA viewed more than 100 safety studies that were conducted, including studies to assess cancer risk. The results of these studies showed no evidence that these sweeteners cause cancer or pose any other threat to human health.”
National Cancer Institute

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Science and Health Organizations

Regulatory Authorities

  • FDA Approves New High Intensity Sweetener Sucralose
    US Food and Drug Administration, 2010

Product and Sweetener Information

General Information about Sucralose and Sweeteners

Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Use of nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners. 2004; 104 (2) pp. 255-275.

Regulatory Approval

In the United States, sucralose underwent the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous food additive approval process. In 1998, the FDA approved sucralose for use in 15 food and beverage categories, the broadest initial approval ever given a food additive. Then in August 1999, just 16 months later, the FDA extended its approval of sucralose to include its use as a general-purpose sweetener in all foods and beverages.
Food Additives Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human Consumption; Sucralose. Federal Register 1998; 63(64) pp. 16417-16433.
Food Additives Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human Consumption Sucralose. Federal Register 1999; 64(155) pp. 43908-43909.