A study by the Water Technology Center in Karlsruhe, Germany, found that a number of commonly used artificial sweeteners are present in German waste and surface water. The new analytical method of extracting and analyzing many chemicals simultaneously demonstrated that sewage treatment plants fail to remove artificial sweeteners and other chemicals from water supplies.
The sweeteners were found in waters downstream of the treatment
plants where scientists Marco Scheurer, Heinz-Jürgen Brauch and Frank Thomas
Lange collected water samples. Their findings were published online this week in
Springer’s journal "
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry."
use of this new method, the researchers were able to look for seven different
artificial sweeteners – cyclamate, acesulfame, saccharin, aspartame, neotame,
neohesperidin dihydrochalcone and sucralose – simultaneously. Until now, only
sucralose has been detected in aquatic environments.
a full report here from the Environment News Service (ENS)