Aspartame

Aspartame

Chemical Name: N-(L-α-Aspartyl)-L-phenylalanine, 1-methyl ester

Formula: C14H18N2O5

Aspartame is an artificial non-saccharine sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods Industries; Aspartame is 200 times Sweeter than natural sugar. Aspartame is vastly use for low calorie product to give same sugar taste without sugar and calorie. Its acceptable daily intake is 40mg/kg body weight.

FDA approved aspartame in 1981 for uses, under certain conditions, as a tabletop sweetener, in chewing gum, cold breakfast cereals, and dry bases for certain food i.e., beverages, instant coffee and tea, gelatins, puddings, and fillings, and dairy products and toppings. In 1983 FDA approved the use of aspartame in carbonated beverages and carbonated beverage syrup bases, and in 1996, FDA approved it for use as a “general purpose sweetener.”

It is not heat stable and loses its sweetness when heated, so it typically isn’t used in baked goods.

Packaging: 25kg Drum

Applicable in products with permitted level by FSSAI

  • Soft drinks (700 ppm)
  • Traditional sweets (200 ppm)
  • Jam, jellies and marmalades (1000 ppm)
  • Chocolate (2000 ppm)
  • Sugar based/sugar free confectionery (10000 ppm)
  • Chewing gum/bubble gum (10000 ppm)

  • Custard powder mix (1000 ppm)
  • Fruit/vegetable nectar (600 ppm)
  • Ice cream, frozen dessert and pudding (1000 ppm)
  • Flavored milk (600 ppm)
  • Ready to serve tea/coffee based beverages (600 ppm)
  • Yoghurt (600 ppm)

Test  Item Specification Test  Method  /  Reference
Appearance White Powder Visual
Odor/Taste Conforms to Quality Standards Internal Method
Identification Meets Requirements Current FCC / USP/NF / JECFA / EP
Assay (on dry basis) 98.0% to 102% Current FCC / USP/NF / JECFA / EP
Loss on Drying ≤ 4.5% Current FCC / USP/NF / JECFA / EP
Residue on Ignition / Sulphated Ash < 0.2% Current FCC / USP/NF / JECFA / EP
Optical (Specific) Rotation +14.5° and +16.5° Current FCC / USP/NF / JECFA / EP
Conductivity ≤ 30 μScm-1 EP
Transmittance ≥ 95% Current USP/NF /JECFA
Extraneous Matter Free from material foreign to product Free from visual evidence
pH (0.8% Solution) 4.5 ~6.0 Current FCC/JECFA
Heavy Metal (as Pb) ≤ 10 ppm Current USP/NF / JP / EP
Lead < 1 ppm Current FCC / JECFA
Arsenic < 3 ppm Current FCC
Residual Solvents Meets Requirements Current USP/NF
5-benzyl-3,6-dioxo-2 Piperazineacetic Acid (DKP) ≤ 1.5% Current USP / NF / FCC / JECFA Current
Other Related Substances ≤ 2.0% USP/NF; ≤ 1.5% EP USP/NF
L-phenylalanine ≤ 0.5% Current EP
Solubility Completely Dissolves Internal Method
Particle Size NMT 5% on 100 mesh Internal Method
Bulk Density 0.3 +/- 0.1 g/mL Internal Method
Total Aerobic Plate Count ≤ 250 CFU/g GB
Yeast and Mold Count ≤ 100 CFU/g GB
Coliforms ≤ 3.0 MPN/g GB
Escherichia Coli Negative/g GB
Salmonella Negative/25g GB