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Label disclosure proposed for sweetener.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms recently proposed the use of a label statement that tells consumers when the artificial sweetener aspartame is in malt beverages.

Label disclosure is required when an ingredient in an alcoholic beverage is a health risk to some consumers. The Food and Drug Administration determined that aspartame is safe for most, but not all, consumers.

The agency requires labels of food products with aspartame to alert consumers who have an adverse reaction to the sweetener. The label notice reads, "Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine."

ATF proposed to require the same label on any malt beverage that elects to use aspartame as an ingredient.

FDA has approved the sweetener aspartame's use in malt beverages, but has not yet made a determination about using the sweetener in wine and distilled spirits.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:May 3, 1993
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