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Aspartame: Soffritti responds.

As communicated in his letter, Abegaz represents Ajinomoto Corporate Services LLC. Ajinomoto, which holds 45% of the market share for worldwide aspartame production (Ajinomoto 2006), is well known for its aggressive and effective defense of its commercial interests. The action by Abegaz to reproduce portions of the opinion issued by the European Food Safety Authority (2006) regarding the results of our long-term carcinogenesis bioassay on aspartame (Soffritti et al. 2006) is clearly specious.

The author declares he has no competing financial interests.

Morando Soffritti

European Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences "B. Ramazzini" Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center

Bologna, Italy

E-mail: crcfr@ramazzini.it

REFERENCES

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. 2006. First Quarter-FY2006 Market and Other Information. Available: http://www.ajinomoto.com/ar/i_r/pdf/Q1-2006data_E.pdf [accessed 29 September 2006].

European Food Safety Authority. 2006. Opinion of the Scientific Panel AFC Related to a New Long-term Carcinogenicity Study on Aspartame. Parma, Italy: European Food Safety Authority. Available: http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/afc/afc_opinions/1471_en.html [accessed 29 September 2006].

Soffritti M, Belpoggi F, Esposti DD, Lambertini L, Tibaldi E, Rigano A. 2006. First experimental demonstration of the multipotential carcinogenic effects of aspartame administered in the feed of Sprague-Dawley rats. Environ Health Perspect 114:379-385.
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