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EU votes 440 to 20 to approve sucralose, limit cyclamates & reevaluate
aspartame & stevia: Murray 4.12.3 rmforall

"It also wants the use of two other sweeteners, aspartame and Stevia, to
be re-examined and calls for proposals to improve the labelling of
products containing aspartame.

Parliament also wants the new directive to be implemented in the Member
States within a year of its entry into force."

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European Parliament Daily Notebook: Thursday April 10 2003

Sweeteners used in food

Report on the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of
the Council amending Directive 94/35/EC on sweeteners for use in
(COM(2002) 375 â?" C5-0341/2002 â?" 2002/0152(COD))
Doc.: A5-0049/2003
Procedure : Codecision procedure (1st reading)
Debate : 09.04.2003
Vote: 10.04.2003


Parliament adopted a resolution today calling on the Commission to
tighten up the new restrictions it is proposing on cyclamates in soft
drinks in line with its consistent drive to make sure that foodstuffs
and drinks consumed in the EU are safe.

It is concerned at claims that cyclamates, used as low-calorie
sweeteners in drinks consumed in large quantities by children and
teenagers in particular, pose health hazards and may cause reduced
testosterone levels in rats and are carcinogenic.

It believes that the Commission's plan to reduce the maximum levels of
cyclamates from the current level of 400 mg/l to 350 mg/l. does not go
far enough.

The full House passed a Green amendment at first reading today by 237
votes to 229, with 6 abstentions, which reduces the limit to 100 mg/l
(and brings it down further from the limit of 250 mg/l previously
demanded by the Environment Committee).

It also voted to extend the new limit to milk-based drinks in addition
to water-based drinks.

The resolution, which was adopted by 440 votes to 20, with 13
abstentions, accepts the Commission's proposal, in the same draft
directive, to authorise two new sweeteners, sucralose and
aspartame-acesulfame salt.

However, it calls for a review of their use within three years.

It also wants the use of two other sweeteners, aspartame and Stevia, to
be re-examined and calls for proposals to improve the labelling of
products containing aspartame.

Parliament also wants the new directive to be implemented in the Member
States within a year of its entry into force.

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details on EU Environment Committee vote 2.19.3 to reevaluate aspartame
and stevia and limit cyclamate-- EU vote April 9: Murray 4.8.3 rmforall

EU MEPs vote to re-evaluate aspartame and stevia:
Martini: Murray 3.21.3 rmforall

Mark Gold exhaustively critiques European Commission Scientific
Committee on Food re aspartame (12.4.2): 59 pages, 230 references

19 members of Scientific Committee on Food

Contact: Taina Sateri <Taina.Sateri@cec.eu.int>
European Commission
Health & Consumer Protection DG
Directorate C
Unit C2 - Management of scientific committees; scientific co-operation
and networks
Rue de la Loi 200, Office G-1 1/243
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
Tél : +32-2-298.46.98 Fax : +32-2-299.48.91

Jan Alexander <jan.alexander@fhi.no>
National Institute of Public Health
Department of Environmental Medicine
P.O. Box 4404, Torshov, N - 0403 Oslo, Norway

Susan M. Barlow <suebarlow@talk21.com>
8 Harrington Rd Brighton
East Sussex BNI 6RE United Kingdom
Phone: 44-1273-553845 Fax: 44-1273-500723

Angelo Carere <acarere@iss.it>
pegaso.bio.uniroma1.it/sima/soci.htm Italy

Karl-Heinz Engel <k.h.engel@lrz.tu-muenchen.de>
Technische Universitat Munchen, Lehrstuhl fur Allgemeine
Lebensmitteltechnologie, Am Forum 2, D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan,
Germany. k.h.engel@lrz.tu-muenchen.de

Professor Albert Flynn BSc, PhD. <a.flynn@ucc.ie>
Position: Associate Professor in Nutrition. Ireland
Tel: 353.21.4902649. Fax: 353.21.4270244.
www.ucc.ie/acad/departments/foodtech/albert_flynn.htm (http://www.ucc.ie/acad/departments/foodtech/albert_flynn.htm)

Werner Grunow
Dr., Berlin (Deutschland)

Professor Timo Hirvi
Eläinlääkintä- ja elintarviketutkimuslaitos EELA
PL 368, 00231 Helsinki, Finland p. (09) 393 101

Ada G.A.C. Knaap Dr., Senior Researcher
National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection,
Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

Berthold Koletzko <berthold.koletzko@kk-i.med.uni-muenchen.de>
Prof. Dr. Kinderklinik und Poliklinik im Dr. von Haunerschen
Kinderspital Allergien bei Kindern
Kontakt: Phone: 089/5160-3967
Dr. von Hauner Childrens' Hospital, which is part of the
Ludwig-Maximilians-University. Prof. Dr. Berthold Koletzko, the
team leader, is also Head of the Division of Metabolic Disorders and
Nutrition at the hospital.

John Christian Larsen <jcr@foir.dk>
Dr., Head of Department, Institute of Food Safety and Toxicology, Danish
Veterinary and Food Administration, Soborg, Denmark.
Aspartam er ikke farligt
En norsk undersøgelse skulle have vist, at sødemidlet aspartam kan slå
hjerneceller ihjel på mus. Fødevaredirektoratet afviser forsøget fra
Norge og siger, at der blev brugt så store mængder, at musecellerne
ville have været slået ihjel, uanset hvilket stof der var brugt.

Sven E. Lindgren is professor at the Swedish National Food
Administration and at the Department of Microbiology, Swedish University
of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

Dr. Anna Ferro-Luzzi <afl@inran.it>
(1934), Italian, Director (1980-2001) Unit of Human Nutrition at
National Institute for Research on Foods and Nutrition (INRAN),
currently Head WHO Collaboration Centre on Nutrition, Rome, Italy.
Medical nutritionist. Member of SCF of European Commission (1989-2000),
member/adviser on several consultations/ study groups of FAO and WHO.
Editorial responsibilities for several international nutrition journals.
Research interests: links between diet and chronic diseases, nutritional
surveillance, nutrition policy, nutritional epidemiology, population
studies on human adaptation to chronic energy deficiency and
agro-climatic seasonality in Third World countries.

Prof. Bevan Moseley <bevmos@bmoseley.fsnet.co.uk>
before he retired, Bevan Moseley was head of the Institute of Food
Research, Reading Laboratory
Reading, Berkshire, UK

Andreu Palou <andreu.palou@uib.es>
University professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Fundamental Biology and Sciences of the Health
University of the Balearic Islands
Edif*cio Guillem Colom Casasnovas Cra Valldemossa, km 7.5
07071 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Tel: 971 173170 Fax: 971 173184 Page Web: http://palou.uib.es

Wim H.M. Saris <W.SARIS@hb.unimaas.nl> Professor, Scientific Director
Maastricht University, Nutrition Research Centre, Dept. of Human
Biology, P. O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Josef Schlatter <josef.schlatter@bag.admin.ch>
Dr., Head of Department
Abteilung für Toxikologie, Bundesamt für Gesundheitswesen
Zürich (Schweiz) Switzerland

Paul P. Tobback Prof. Em. Dr. ir.
Departement Levensmiddelen en Microbiële Technologie
Faculteit Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Heverlee (België)

Philippe Verger <philippe.verger@paris.inra.fr.>
Dr., Direction Scientifique
"Nutrition Humaine et Sécurité Alimentaire", Institut National de la
Recherche Agronomique, Paris, France

Jean-Michel Wal <wal@cea.fr> Dr, Director,
Laboratoire d'Immuno-Allergie Alimentaire, Service de Pharmacologie et
Immunologie (SPI), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Centre d'etudes de Saclay, Gif sur Yvette (France)
INRA - Laboratoire Associe Service de
Pharmacologie-Immunologie Centre d'Etudes de Saclay
Telephone: 33169089224 Fax: 33169085907

Ronald Walker Professor of Food Science, Food Safety Group
School of Biological Sciences, University of Surrey
Guildford (United Kingdom)

Jan Alexander <jan.alexander@fhi.no>,
"Susan M. Barlow" <suebarlow@talk21.com>,
Angelo Carere <acarere@iss.it>,
Karl-Heinz Engel <k.h.engel@lrz.tu-muenchen.de>,
Albert Flynn <a.flynn@ucc.ie>,
Berthold Koletzko <berthold.koletzko@kk-i.med.uni-muenchen.de>,
John Christian Larsen <jcr@foir.dk>,
Anna Ferro-Luzzi <afl@inran.it>,
Bevan Moseley <bevmos@bmoseley.fsnet.co.uk>,
Andreu Palou <andreu.palou@uib.es>,
"Wim H.M. Saris" <W.SARIS@hb.unimaas.nl>,
Josef Schlatter <josef.schlatter@bag.admin.ch>,
Philippe Verger <philippe.verger@paris.inra.fr.>,
Jean-Michel Wal <wal@cea.fr>,
Taina Sateri <Taina.Sateri@cec.eu.int>
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brief aspartame review: formaldehyde toxicity: Murray 9.5.3 rmforall

Rich Murray, MA Room For All rmforall@att.net
1943 Otowi Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 USA 505-986-9103
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[NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel, Benevia, E951]

aspartame & formaldehyde toxicity: Murray 9.5.3 rmforall

formaldehyde from methanol in aspartame: Murray: 12.9.2 rmforall

EU votes 440 to 20 to approve sucralose, limit cyclamates & reevaluate
aspartame & stevia: Murray 4.12.3 rmforall

Mark Gold exhaustively critiques European Commission Scientific
Committee on Food re aspartame (12.4.2): 59 pages, 230 references

aspartame toxicity coverup increases danger of corporate meltdown:
Michael C. Carakostas of Coca-Cola: Murray 8.11.3 rmforall
The International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology
Carakostas, Michael C., DVM, PhD
Director/Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company PO Drawer 1734 Atlanta, GA 30301
T. 404/676-4234 F. 404/676-7166 E-mail: mcarakostas@na.ko.com
http://www2.coca-cola.com/ourcompany/columns_aspartame.html [photo]
Aspartame: The world agrees it's safe By Michael Carakostas, DVM, PhD
Director, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Coca-Cola

It is commendable that Carakostas mentions the core problem, albeit
disparagingly: "During digestion, aspartame yields a very small amount
of methanol-- as do many other food substances. The body converts this
methanol to formaldehyde, which is instantly converted to formate.
Formate is quickly eliminated as carbon dioxide and water."

Plenty of evidence in the mainstream scientific literature since 1973
shows that as much as 30% of the formaldehyde is retained in the body as
toxic, cumulative adducts to the DNA, RNA, and proteins in all cells and
tissues, leading to pointed reports by informed doctors and experts.
Clearly, there are no safe levels for chronic, low-level formaldehyde
exposure. If just 10% of the methanol from six cans of diet soda is
retained in the body as toxic products of formaldehyde and formic acid,
that is sixty times the EPA limit for allowable formaldehyde from daily
drinking water.

President Bush & formaldehyde (aspartame) toxicity: Ramazzini Foundation
carcinogenicity results Dec 2002: Soffritti: Murray 8.3.3 rmforall

p. 88 "The sweetening agent aspartame hydrolyzes in the gastrointestinal
tract to become free methyl alcohol, which is metabolized in the liver
to formaldehyde, formic acid, and CO2. (11)"
Medinsky MA & Dorman DC.
1994; Assessing risks of low-level methanol exposure. CIIT Act. 14: 1-7.

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 Dec; 982: 87-105.
Results of long-term experimental studies on the carcinogenicity of
formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in rats.
Soffritti M, Belpoggi F, Lambertin L, Lauriola M, Padovani M, Maltoni C.
Cancer Research Center, European Ramazzini Foundation for Oncology
and Environmental Sciences, Bologna, Italy. crcfr@tin.it

"Formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were found to produce an increase in
total malignant tumors in the treated groups and showed specific
carcinogenic effects on various organs and tissues. PMID: 12562630"

It is certain that high levels of aspartame use, above 2 liters daily
for months and years, must lead to chronic formaldehyde-formic acid
toxicity, since 11% of aspartame (1,120 mg in 2L diet soda, 5.6 12-oz
cans) is 123 mg methanol (wood alcohol), immediately released into the
body after drinking (unlike the large levels of methanol locked up in
molecules inside many fruits), then quickly transformed into
formaldehyde, which in turn becomes formic acid, both of which in
time are partially eliminated as carbon dioxide and water.

However, about 30% of the methanol remains in the body as cumulative
durable toxic metabolites of formaldehyde and formic acid-- 37 mg daily,
a gram every month. [Metabolism of aspartame in monkeys.
Oppermann JA, Muldoon E, Ranney RE.
J. Nutrition 1973 Oct; 103(10): 1454-1459.]
If 10% of the methanol is retained as formaldehyde, that would give 12
mg daily formaldehyde accumulation, about 60 times more than the 0.2 mg
from 10% retention of the 2 mg EPA daily limit for formaldehyde in water.

Many scientific studies and case histories report: * headaches
* many body and joint pains (or burning, tingling, tremors, twitching,
spasms, cramps, stiffness, numbness, difficulty swallowing) * fever, fatigue,
swollen glands * "mind fog", "feel unreal", poor memory, confusion, anxiety,
irritability, depression, mania, insomnia, dizziness, slurred speech,
sexual problems, poor vision, hearing (deafness, tinnitus), or taste
* red face, itching, rashes, hair loss, burning eyes or throat, dry eyes or
mouth, mouth sores, burning tongue * obesity, bloating, edema, anorexia,
poor appetite or excessive hunger or thirst * breathing problems,
shortness of breath * nausea, diarrhea or constipation * coldness
* sweating * racing heart, low or high blood pressure, erratic blood sugar
levels * hypothryroidism or hyperthyroidism * seizures * birth defects
* brain cancers * addiction * aggrivates diabetes, autism, allergies,
ADHD, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical
sensitivity, multiple sclerosis, and interstitial cystitis (bladder pain).

RTM: Smith, Terpening, Schmidt, Gums:
full text: aspartame, MSG, fibromyalgia 1.17.2 rmforall
Jerry D Smith, Chris M Terpening, Siegfried OF Schmidt, and John G Gums
Siegfried O. Schmidt, MD Asst. Clinical Prof. siggy@shands.ufl.edu
Relief of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Following Discontinuation of Dietary
Excitotoxins. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2001; 35(6): 702-706.
Malcolm Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, USA.
CASE SUMMARY: Four patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome
for two to 17 years are described. All had undergone multiple treatment
modalities with limited success. All had complete, or nearly complete,
resolution of their symptoms within months after eliminating monosodium
glutamate (MSG) or MSG plus aspartame from their diet. All patients
were women with multiple comorbidities prior to elimination of MSG.
All have had recurrence of symptoms whenever MSG is ingested.

aspartame in Merck Maxalt-MLT worsens migraine: Murray 7.16.2 rmforall
Migraine MLT-Down: an unusual presentation of migraine
in patients with aspartame-triggered headaches.
Newman LC, Lipton RB Headache 2001 Oct; 41(9): 899-901.
[Merck 10-mg Maxalt-MLT, for migraine, has 3.75 mg aspartame,
while 12 oz diet soda has 200 mg.]
Headache Institute, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY
Department of Neurology newmanache@aol.com
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Innovative Medical Research RLipton@IMRInc.com

aspartame puts formaldehyde adducts into tissues, Part 1/2
full text, Trocho & Alemany 6.26.98: Murray 12.22.2 rmforall
Formaldehyde derived from dietary aspartame binds to tissue
components in vivo. Life Sci 1998 Jun 26; 63(5): 337-49.
Maria Alemany, PhD (male) alemany@porthos.bio.ub.es

Confirming evidence and a general theory are given by Pall (2002):
testable theory of MCS type diseases, vicious cycle of nitric oxide &
peroxynitrite: MSG: formaldehyde-methanol-aspartame:
Martin L. Pall: Murray: 12.9.2 rmforall

Functional Therapeutics in Neurodegenerative Disease Part 1/2:
Perlmutter 7.15.99: Murray 1.10.3 rmforall

formaldehyde toxicity: Thrasher & Kilburn: Shaham: EPA: Gold: Murray:
Wilson: CIIN: 12.12.2 rmforall

24 recent formaldehyde toxicity [Comet assay] reports:
Murray 12.31.2 rmforall

genotoxins, Comet assay in mice: Ace-K, stevia fine; aspartame poor;
sucralose, cyclamate, saccharin bad: Y.F. Sasaki Aug 2002:
Murray 1.27.3 rmforall [A detailed look at the data]

http://www.dorway.com/tldaddic.html 5-page review
Roberts HJ Aspartame (NutraSweet) addiction.
Townsend Letter 2000 Jan; HJRobertsMD@aol.com
http://www.sunsentpress.com/ sunsentpress@aol.com
Sunshine Sentinel Press P.O.Box 17799 West Palm Beach, FL 33416
800-814-9800 561-588-7628 561-547-8008 fax

http://www.HolisticMed.com/aspartame 603-225-2100
Aspartame Toxicity Information Center Mark D. Gold
mgold@holisticmed.com 12 East Side Drive #2-18 Concord, NH 03301
"Scientific Abuse in Aspartame Research"

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