Sweet Facts about Acesulfame Potassium

Sweet Facts about Acesulfame Potassium


Regulatory Approval of Acesulfame Potassium

On the basis of over 90 scientific studies, the relevant national and international regulatory agencies have classified Acesulfame Potassium as safe for human consumption.

The internationally recognized Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) repeatedly examined and evaluated data from Acesulfame Potassium studies and deemed it harmless for use in food. Similarly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Acesulfame Potassium as safe for consumption as a food additive. The Scientific Committee on Food of the European Union has also come to a positive assessment along with national health authorities in various countries such as Canada, Australia and Japan.

Discovered in 1967 by Hoechst scientists in Frankfurt, Germany, Acesulfame Potassium has been used in food and beverages since 1983 and now is approved in more than 100 countries around the world.

Approval milestones:

1967 – Acesulfame Potassium was discovered by Hoechst AG
1983 – Approval in Great Britain
1984 – Approval in Australia
1986 – Approval in Belgium, Italy, South Africa
1987 – Approval in Switzerland
1988 – Approval in USA, France
1990 – Approval in Germany
1998 – Approval for soft drinks in USA
2000 – Approval in Japan
2003 – General purpose approval in USA1

1 Since 2003, Acesulfame Potassium has been used as a general purpose sweetener adding approval for numerous products in addition to the already approved categories of chewing gum, dry beverage mixes, dry desserts mixes, dry dairy analog bases, tabletop sweeteners, confections, soft candy, hard candy (including breath mints, cough drops and lozenges), baked goods, dairy products, carbonated beverages and alcoholic beverages. In addition, Acesulfame Potassium can also be used as a flavor enhancer.