Sweeteners are a type of additive and follow the rules on additives. Please refer to the FSA’s list of approved additives and E numbers for sweeteners that can be used in food (referred to as ‘permitted sweeteners’).
If aspartame is in the product, the following must be stated on the label: ‘Contains a source of phenylalanine’.
If the E number is declared rather than the name ‘aspartame’ in the ingredients list, the following statement is required rather than the one above: ‘Contains aspartame (a source of phenylalanine)’.
Polyols are a type of carbohydrate-based sugar-free sweetener. If the product is made up of more than 10% added polyols the following must be stated on the label: ‘Excessive consumption may produce laxative effects’.