Update to the Lists of Permitted Food Additives to Increase the Permitted Maximum Levels of Acesulfame Potassium and Sucralose in Chewing Gum and Breath Freshener Products Regulated as Food


Health Canada's Food Directorate has completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking to enable an increase in the permitted maximum levels of use for acesulfame potassium in chewing gum and for sucralose in chewing gum and breath freshener products regulated as food.

Health Canada previously approved the use of this food additive in other food applications described in the List of Permitted Sweeteners.

As no safety concerns were raised through this assessment, and since this food additive is already approved for use in other foods in Canada, the Department is enabling its use as described in the information document below. The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of this additive.

Contact Information

Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including acesulfame potassium and sucralose. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of these additives or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "acesulfame potassium" or "sucralose" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture, PL: 2202C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L2

E-mail address: bcs-bipc@hc-sc.gc.ca

Information Document

Supporting Information

Reporting to Canadians

For more information on this initiative, please contact the Bureau of Chemical Safety at bcs-bipc@hc-sc.gc.ca, using the words "acesulfame potassium" or "sucralose" in the subject box of your e-mail.

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