It causes cancer.. A warning about the danger of a substance involved in making carbonated water

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirmed that it is set to declare one of the world’s most common artificial sweeteners a possible carcinogen next month, putting the World Health Organization agency in a confrontation with the food industry and regulators.

Aspartame is used in the manufacture of products ranging from low-calorie soft drinks, such as diet cola, to some types of chewing gum and some other drinks.

And sources revealed that the International Agency for Research on Cancer will list this substance for the first time in July as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” according to Sky News Arabia.

The agency’s decision, which it reached earlier this month after a meeting of experts outside the agency, aims to assess whether or not the substance represents a potential risk, based on all published evidence.

It does not take into account the safe amount that a person can consume of that substance without harming his health.

This advice for individuals comes from a separate WHO expert panel on food additives, together with decisions of national regulators.

The committee is known as (Joint Expert Committee between the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization on Food Additives).

However, similar decisions by the Cancer Research Agency in the past regarding various substances have raised consumer concerns about their use, led to lawsuits, and pressured manufacturers to remake recipes and find alternatives. This led to criticism that the ratings can be confusing to the audience.

The Joint Expert Committee is also working on a review of the use of aspartame this year. Its meeting began at the end of June and it is due to announce its findings the same day the Cancer Research Agency announces its decision on July 14.

In 1981, the Joint Committee of Experts said that aspartame was safe to consume within acceptable daily limits. Regulators in a number of countries, including the United States and European countries, shared this view widely.

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