The European Commission proposed to allow the use of two new intense sweeteners within the European Union sucralose and an aspartame-acesulfame salt. The proposal needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council. The authorisation and use of intense sweeteners, like any other food additive, is harmonised at EU level. In accordance with the EU legislation, food additives can only be permitted in the EU if they are safe, necessary from the technological point of view and if they are useful for the consumer.