The European Food Safety Authority, EFSA, has recently announced that they will again review the safety of aspartame, a controversial artificial sweetener that is a combination of two isolated amino acids and methanol. This new review comes after the agency whitewashed and glossed over the studies of the Italian Ramazzini Cancer research institute that had shown aspartame to be a carcinogen.
Aspartame's approval by the US FDA in the 1980s, says Betty Martini of Mission Possible World Health International, was a political decision, taken over the objection of the FDA's own scientific panel. Studies used to obtain approval were sanitized, to hide damaging effects the sweetener had on laboratory animals and eventually, Donald Rumsfeld was brought in to push through the approval.
The European Food Safety Authority has recently published a number of studies that their new review will be based on, all "in the name of transparency". But they are missing all the good stuff, says Martini.