thats a Mr Low from Singapore.
Its old news but news that needs to be reiterated and kept in the fore of information so that when it finally gets admitted as one of the main causes of cancer then a case against GD Searle will be all the bigger and more damming.
Mr Low writes from Singapore -
Aspartame is being rebranded, and is to be sold as a natural product called Aminosweet.
Every single bottle of cordial in every supermarket, cheap brands or expensive like Robinsons Lemon Barley water. contain the known carcinogen Aspartame, used as the sweetener. They might as well call the soft drinks section, 'cancer club'.
More and more people have got the message about aspartame - also used in low fat products, low calorie colas. The manufacturers know it's time to move on. E951 has had a good run, but it needs a new name. Watch out for 'aminosweet'.
Pass it on.
Aspartame was an accidental discovery by James Schlatter, a chemist who had been trying to produce an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug for G.D. Searle & Company back in 1965. Upon mixing aspartic acid and phenylalanine, two naturally-occurring amino acids, he discovered that the new compound had a sweet taste. The company merely changed its FDA approval application from drug to food additive and, voila, aspartame was born.
G.D. Searle & Company first patented aspartame in 1970. An internal memo released in the same year urged company executives to work on getting the FDA into the "habit of saying yes" and of encouraging a "subconscious spirit of participation" in getting the chemical approved.
G.D. Searle & Company submitted its first petition to the FDA in 1973 and fought for years to gain FDA approval, submitting its own safety studies that many believed were inadequate and deceptive. Despite numerous objections, including one from its own scientists, the company was able to convince the FDA to approve aspartame for commercial use in a few products in 1974, igniting a blaze of controversy.
In 1976, then FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt wrote a letter to Sen. Ted Kennedy expressing concern over the "questionable integrity of the basic safety data submitted for aspartame safety". FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill believed that a grand jury should investigate G.D. Searle & Company for lying about the safety of aspartame in its reports and for concealing evidence proving the chemical is unsafe for consumption.
Despite the myriad of evidence gained over the years showing that aspartame is a dangerous toxin, it has remained on the global market with the exception of a few countries that have banned it. In fact, it continued to gain approval for use in new types of food despite evidence showing that it causes neurological brain damage, cancerous tumors, and endocrine disruption, among other things.
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