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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Aspartame; CAS No 22839-47-0; L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester

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Aspartame is a substance belonging to the sweeteners. It consists of a white, crystalline powder that is sparingly or poorly soluble in water. Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than glucose. It is produced by a chemical reaction of aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol.

Field of application/use
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Food additive (E 951)

flavor enhancer, sweetener

Aspartame is only approved for certain foods. These include:

energy-reduced or sugar-free beverages without alcohol (max. 600 mg/l)

energy-reduced or sugar-free desserts (max. 1,000 mg/kg)

energy-reduced or sugar-free confectionery (max. 2,000 mg/kg)

energy-reduced or sugar-free spreads, jams, marmalades, preserves, jellies (max. 1,000 mg/kg)

preserved sweet-and-sour fruit and vegetables (max. 300 mg/kg)

preserved sweet-sour fish, sea and molluscs (max. 300 mg/kg)

snack products made from cereals or nuts (max. 350 mg/kg)

Alcoholic beverages (max. 600 mg/kg)


Last updated on: 29.10.2020