WHO to Declare Aspartame As A Cancer Risk

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The World Health Organization‘s (WHO) cancer research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) had a meeting with external experts to determine if aspartame poses a potential hazard. The agency is set to officially announce its decision that the artificial sweetener is “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” which could send shockwaves through the food industry.  The amount a person must consume before it becomes harmful was not set forth in the IARC’s report notes.  Some leaders in the industry maintain confidence in the safety of aspartame and have concerns that people will consume more sugar while avoiding low- and no-calorie artificial sweeteners.