Sucralose Proven Safe for Consumption and Safe for the Environment
The safety of sucralose is documented by one of the most extensive and thorough safety testing programs ever conducted on a new food additive. More than 100 studies conducted and evaluated over a 20-year period clearly demonstrate the safety of sucralose.
Studies were conducted in a broad range of areas, at doses many times higher than actual consumption levels, to assess whether there were any safety risks regarding cancer, genetic effects, reproduction and fertility, birth defects, immunology, the central nervous system, and metabolism. These studies all concluded that sucralose was safe for human consumption and there are no known side effects.
As part of the safety assessment of sucralose, a number of environmental studies were undertaken in order to ensure that sucralose has no adverse impact on the environment. The environmental studies clearly demonstrated that sucralose is not harmful to plants or wildlife, is not a pollutant and does not bio accumulate.
For example, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, a leading independent research body, determined that sucralose does not bioaccumulate in any aquatic organisms. They did not detect sucralose in either fish or shellfish (mussels) and said: "Based on the eco toxicological data currently available, the measured environmental concentrations reported in this study do not suggest any environmental risks."
Moreover, sucralose does not interfere with the sewage treatment process. Sucralose is inherently biodegradable. In soil, sucralose breaks down to salt, water and carbon dioxide. These pose no risk to the environment.
Further, research shows that sucralose has no toxic effect on soil and water organisms at environmental concentrations well in excess of expected levels. In fact, the Calculated Environmental Concentration for sucralose is less than two parts per billion. Regulatory authorities around the world have concluded that sucralose has no adverse impact on plant or aquatic life.