Brazil – ANVISA and other agencies to review WHO guidelines on sweeteners

The National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA in Portuguese) reports that it is closely following the discussion on the subject and will join other governmental entities, in particular the Ministry of Health, and also non-governmental actors, to evaluate the new guideline and the context of sweetener use in the country.

It is important to note that the use of sweeteners in Brazil must be authorized by the Agency, which performs safety evaluations of these products. The analysis is carried out based on the guidelines of the Expert Committee on the Safety Assessment of Food Additives of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO. In Brazil, the WHO recommendation to reduce sugar consumption, favoring foods with natural sugars, such as fruits or sugar-free foods and beverages, is included in the Food Guide for the Brazilian Population, published by the Ministry of Health.