Safety of aspartame-sweetened carbonated soft drinks not guaranteed because of improper storage
YEREVAN, August 24. /ARKA/. The food risks assessment department of the center for environmental and noospheric researches of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, responding to the public outcry triggered by recent statements of experts about the possible health risks aspartame-sweetened (E951) carbonated soft drinks carry, has conducted a study to assess health risks.
Specialists think that temperature regime in storage of aspartame-sweetened drinks is very important, especially in the heat.
The study revealed aspartame in the drinks produced by some economic entities. It has been found in Baikal drink produced by Yerevan Garejur (Yerean Beer) CJSC, Zuzu and leader Cola drinks made by Vants Group LLC, Juicinad fruit mix of Tamara&Ani LLC and Hay Cola drink of Union LLC.
It is written on the labels of all the mentioned varieties of drinks that they must be kept in 0 to 18 degrees Celsius, excluding Baikal, which must be kept in 2 to 12 degrees.
Air temperature in Yerevan exceeds 35 degrees, and in wholesale warehouses drinks are being held not properly – in open air or under direct sunrays.
Somewhere drinks are sold under umbrellas, but they are kept on hot asphalt.
It is known that aspartame segregates into formaldehyde, methanol and phenylalanine, which can affect human health.
That is why such drinks are harmful for consumers in the current weather. --0----