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What is neotame?
Neotame is a new food ingredient that delivers great taste when used as a sweetener and/or as a flavor enhancer. Neotame has a clean sweet taste like sugar; however, because it is so sweet only a small amount is needed to sweeten foods and beverages. As a sweetener, neotame can reduce or replace nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners while maintaining great taste. Neotame also has the ability to enhance or extend the sweetening and flavoring properties of some flavors, especially mint.

How sweet is neotame?
It is significantly sweeter than other sweeteners on the market. Food and beverage companies will have the flexibility of using very small amounts of neotame in their products while still delivering the clean, sweet taste of sugar.

What do you mean when you say neotame is a flavor enhancer?
Whether it's present at levels that provide sweetness, or even at levels below that sweetening threshold, neotame accentuates and "lifts" the flavors in food. It's as if it has the effect of bringing the flavors to life.

How do foods and beverages sweetened with neotame fit into healthful eating?
A balanced diet including a variety of foods is the foundation of healthful eating. As part of a balanced diet, neotame provides a little sweetness without adding calories.

How was the safety of neotame tested?
Over 100 scientific studies were done to establish the safety of neotame. A comprehensive battery of safety studies in animals and humans demonstrated no adverse effects from neotame.

The FDA's approval process for a food ingredient, classified as a food additive, involves an exhaustive analysis of scientific data to satisfy safety requirements. This rigorous process and extensive research conclusively confirms the safety of neotame for use by the general population.

Who can use neotame?
People of all ages, including pregnant or breastfeeding women, teens and children, and people with diabetes, can enjoy products sweetened with neotame while maintaining a healthful diet.

Can children consume neotame?
Yes. Neotame can be safely incorporated as part of a healthful diet for children. However, it is important to keep in mind that children, particularly those under two years of age, need adequate calories for growth and development.

Can neotame be incorporated into the diets of people with diabetes?
Yes. Neotame has no effect on plasma glucose and insulin concentrations or on glycemic control in diabetic individuals. Thus, foods sweetened with neotame can be safely incorporated into their meal plans to help them achieve their dietary goals.

Will people with phenylketonuria be able to consume neotame?
Yes. Products made with neotame require no special labeling for phenylketonuria.

How do you know that neotame does not cause cancer?
Studies in animals conducted over their entire lifetime clearly demonstrate that neotame does not cause cancer.

Does neotame cause dental cavities?
No. Whether a food containing neotame can contribute to dental cavities depends on the presence of the other constituents of the food (i.e., whether there is fermentable carbohydrate present). Based on its metabolism, neotame would not provide an energy source for oral bacteria, thus it would not contribute to dental cavities.

In what products do you expect neotame to be used?
The general use approval allows neotame to be used across many food categories, including beverages, dairy products, frozen desserts, baked goods, and gums.

Will neotame be used alone or blended with other sweeteners?
While neotame can function as a stand-alone sweetener, it lends itself particularly well to blending with other sweeteners, including both nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners. Food and beverage companies will have the flexibility to determine its use on a product-by-product basis.

Is neotame heat stable?
Yes. Neotame can be used in both cooking and baking applications.

What countries is Neotame approved for use in?
  • Algeria (5/2009)
  • Kazakhstan (2/2009)
  • Argentina (4/2007)
  • Mexico (10/2002)
  • Australia (8/2001)
  • New Zealand (8/2001)
  • Bangladesh (10/2005)
  • Nigeria (1/2009)
  • Belarus (5/2005)
  • Norway (4/2010)
  • Brazil (3/2008)
  • Pakistan (7/2008)
  • Canada (8/2007)
  • Peru (3/2002)
  • Chile (6/2006)
  • Philippines (7/2003)
  • China (3/2003)
  • Puerto Rico (7/2002)
  • Colombia (4/2004)
  • Russia (5/2003)
  • Costa Rica (12/2002)
  • Saudi Arabia (2/2011)
  • Ecuador (6/2001)
  • Singapore (1/2008)
  • European Union (2/2010)**
  • South Africa (3/2005)
  • Fiji (12/2004)
  • Sri Lanka (6/2011)
  • Georgia (3/2004)
  • Taiwan (2008)
  • Guatemala (5/2002)
  • Thailand (11/2004)
  • Hong Kong (8/2010)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (11/2002)
  • India (Pharmaceutical 5/2004, Food 6/2010)
  • Turkey (1/2011)
  • Indonesia (7/2004)
  • United Arab Emirates (2/2008)
  • Iran (2008)
  • United States (7/2002)
  • Israel (6/2010)
  • Venezuela (1/2005)
  • Japan (12/2007)
  • Vietnam (4/2010)

  • ** Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK