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History of Intense Sweeteners

Ancient Rome: "SAPA": Extraction from fermented wine which is heated and from which magnificant crystals seperate.
Mid of 19. century (1841-1855): Discovery of Thaumatin
1878/79: Discovery of Saccharin
1887: Begin of Saccharin -Production at Fahlberg List AG
1914 - 1945: World War I and World War II and post war period: sharp rise in the consumption of Saccharin, it becomes a sought-after comodity because of the shortage of sugar.
1937: Discovery of Cyclamate
1950: Abbott markets Cyclamate under the brand name "Sucaryl".
1963: Discovery of Neohespiridine DC
1965: Discovery of Aspartame
1967: Discovery of Acesulfame K
1975: Diet directive permits the use of Saccharin and Cyclamate in certain dietary foodstuffs.
1976: Discovery of Sucralose
1980: Joint technical development of Sucralose by Tate & Lyle and McNeil
1990: Acesulfame K and Aspartame has general use approval as a sweetener in Germany
1994: Entry into force of the EU-Sweeteners Directive
1994: Neohesperidine gets general use approval as a sweetener in the EU
2004: Sucralose gets general use approval as a sweetener in the EU
2009: Neotam gets general use approval as a sweetener in the EU
2011: Stevia (Steviol glycoside) gets general use approval as a sweetener in the EU
2014: Advantame gets general use approval as a sweetener in the EU

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