WHO’s cancer research agency to say aspartame sweetener a possible carcinogen



Reuters exclusively reported that one of the world’s most common artificial sweeteners is set to be declared a possible carcinogen next month by a leading global health body, according to two sources with knowledge of the process, pitting it against the food industry and regulators. Aspartame, used in products from Coca-Cola diet sodas to Mars’ Extra chewing gum and some Snapple drinks, will be listed in July as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” for the first time by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer research arm, the sources told Reuters. 

Market Impact

In the United States, Coca-Cola shares fell 0.8% while Pepsi was down 0.2%. Shares of Chinese sweetener makers rose, including Baolingbao Biotech and Shandong Sanyuan, both of which rose 10%. 

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Topics of Interest: Health

Type: Reuters Best

Sectors: Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

Regions: Global

Win Types: Exclusivity

Story Types: Exclusive / Scoop

Media Types: Text

Customer Impact: Major Global Story

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