Ajinomoto has already won approval in Australia and New Zealand

Ajinomoto has already won approval in Australia and New Zealand

An aspartame-based sweetener designed for use at low levels has won approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Advantame, from Japan's Ajinomoto, is now allowed for general use in foods and beverages in the US, the company said yesterday (19 May). It has already been approved in Australia and New Zealand and is awaiting confirmation in the EU and Japan.

Advantame is made from vanillin and aspartame and because of high levels of sweetness, “it will be needed only at very low levels in foods and beverages”, Ajinomoto said.

In March, Cargill unveiled its latest line of stevia-based sweeteners that, it claimed, offers improvements at “high usage levels”.