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

    "Justification
    The use of aspartame increases the exposure to its metabolites
    methanol/formaldehyde and phenylalanine, and is reported to provoke
    headaches, nausea and allergic reactions, inter alia, especially in the
    case of vulnerable persons. Its widespread use should therefore be
    re-evaluated by the Commission and the relevant scientific committees,
    taking into account all available data and respecting the precautionary
    principle.
    An historical evaluation is required as there seems to be evidence that
    original studies did not prove the safety of aspartame. Nevertheless
    further approvals are mainly based on the FDA assessment."

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/964
    list of EU MEPs & staff re aspartame vote Feb 19: Martini: Murray
    2.14.3 rmforall

    Subject: [Activist_List] Results of Parliament - Aspartame to be
    Reevaluated, Note info on Stevia
    Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 19:08:50 -0500
    From: Betty Martini <bettym19@mindspring.com>
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    MISSION POSSIBLE INTERNATIONAL News Update - February 21st 2003

    EU MEPS VOTE FOR SWEETENER RE-EVALUATIONS
    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the European Parliament's
    Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy Committee voted for a
    re-evaluation of the artificial sweetener, aspartame (E951) on 19th
    February.

    The Amendment was proposed by Belgian Green MEP, Paul Lannoye which
    included a proposal to improve the labelling of products containing
    aspartame.

    The natural sweetener, stevia (currently non-approved in the EU) was
    also voted to be re-evaluated for Europe-wide use.

    Other proposed Amendments to the Sweeteners Directive 94/35/EC put
    forward by the EC related to the new artificial sweetener sucralose,
    which was accepted by the Committee as was aspartame-acesulfame salt.
    However, the Committee voted for a review of the use of sucralose and
    aspartame-acesulfame salt in three years' time.

    For cyclamate (currently banned in the US and other countries), the
    Committee members voted for a maximum level in soft drinks of
    250mg/L. This level is below that proposed by the European Commission.

    All the Amendments as voted on in Committee will now go forward to be
    voted on at the European Parliament's next Plenary Session, expected in
    March in Strasbourg.

    FURTHER INFORMATION
    Draft Report and Amendments - Agenda Item 14 for 19th February 2003

    http://www.europarl.eu.int/meetdocs/...VI20030219.htm

    This next stage is scheduled to be around 8th April in Strasbourg-- it
    could be later.
    This is called a Plenary Session when ALL 600+ MEPs will vote on the
    Sweetener Amendments and other EU business.

    Betty Martini: Thank you all who wrote Parliament. Teamwork is truly
    the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results. And
    thanks to Felicity who wrote the amendments, and others in the UK who
    helped so much.
    ************************************************** **********************

    http://www.europarl.eu.int/meetdocs/
    committees/envi/20030219/487786en.pdf

    AM\489627EN.doc PE 319.407/6-15
    EN EN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 1999 2004
    Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy
    30 January 2003 PE 319.407/6-15
    AMENDMENTS 6-15
    Draft report (PE 319.407)
    Anne Ferreira
    Sweeteners for use in foodstuffs
    Proposal for a directive (COM(2002) 375 – C5-0341/2002 –2002/0152(COD))
    Text proposed by the Commission Amendments by Parliament

    Amendment by Paul A.A.J.G. Lannoye PLannoye@europarl.eu.int
    Amendment 6
    Article 1 a (new)
    The Commission will present a report to the
    European Parliament and the Council
    regarding a re-evaluation of the
    authorisation of the sweetener aspartame,
    including an historical evaluation of the
    FDA approval processes.
    The report will also include legislative
    proposals for improving the labelling of
    products containing aspartame, especially
    for the protection of vulnerable persons
    such as pregnant women, infants and
    young children.
    The Commission will also re-examine the
    restrictions on the use of the traditional
    sweetener Stevia, taking into account all
    available data.
    PE 319.407/6-15 [page 2/6] AM\489627EN.doc
    EN
    Or. en
    Justification
    The use of aspartame increases the exposure to its metabolites
    methanol/formaldehyde and phenylalanine, and is reported to provoke
    headaches, nausea and allergic reactions, inter alia, especially in the
    case of vulnerable persons. Its widespread use should therefore be
    re-evaluated by the Commission and the relevant scientific committees,
    taking into account all available data and respecting the precautionary
    principle.
    An historical evaluation is required as there seems to be evidence that
    original studies did not prove the safety of aspartame. Nevertheless
    further approvals are mainly based on the FDA assessment.

    Amendment by Dagmar Roth-Behrendt DRothBehrendt@europarl.eu.int
    Amendment 7
    Article 1 b (new)
    Within three years, the Commission and
    the European Food Safety Authority shall
    review the conditions for the use of
    sucralose given in this Directive and shall
    propose the necessary amendments, taking
    as their starting point, as regards maximum
    content, the effects on children's health.
    Or. de
    Justification
    A revision clause is necessary: to date, there is no clear picture of
    the effects of a host of additives on children's health. Sensibly
    enough, the most vulnerable and most sensitive group of consumers, must
    be taken as the starting point for the new limit values to be laid down.
    The effects of additives on children's health must therefore be the
    decisive factor in the appraisal.
    Children and young people consume large quantities of non-staple
    foodstuffs such as various types of confectionery, soft drinks, cakes
    and pastries, ‘snacks’. The maximum content levels laid down for
    additives are based on the assumption that only small quantities of
    these products are additionally consumed.

    Amendment by Ria G.H.C. Oomen-Ruijten ROomen@europarl.eu.int
    AM\489627EN.doc [page 3/6] PE 319.407/6-15
    EN
    Amendment 8
    Article 2, first paragraph
    Member States shall bring into force the
    laws, regulations and administrative
    provisions necessary to comply with this
    Directive by […] at the latest. They shall
    forthwith inform the Commission thereof.
    Member States shall bring into force the
    laws, regulations and administrative
    provisions necessary to comply with this
    Directive by […] at the latest. The purpose
    of those laws, regulations and
    administrative provisions shall be to:
    - authorise, by … [three months after
    entry into force] at the latest, the marketing
    and the use of products which comply with
    this Directive;
    - ban, by … [three months after entry
    into force] at the latest, the marketing and
    the use of products which do not comply
    with this Directive.
    Member States shall forthwith inform the
    Commission thereof.
    Or. nl
    Justification
    A period of three months after the entry into force of this directive is
    sufficient.

    Amendment by Anne Ferreira AnFerreira@europarl.eu.int
    Amendment 9
    ANNEX, point 1
    The category ‘fine bakery products for
    special nutritional uses’ shall be renamed
    ‘fine bakery products, energy-reduced or
    with no added sugar’;
    deleted
    Or. fr
    PE 319.407/6-15 [page 4/6] AM\489627EN.doc
    EN
    Justification
    The rapporteur takes the view that consumption of products containing
    sweeteners should be recommended for special diets, chiefly relating to
    health problems. The rapporteur therefore proposes that the Commission's
    amendment be deleted so as to retain the old wording, which she
    thinks is more appropriate.

    Amendment by Véronique De Keyser VDekeyser@europarl.eu.int
    Amendment 10
    ANNEX, point 1
    The category ‘fine bakery products for
    special nutritional uses’ shall be renamed
    ‘fine bakery products, energy-reduced or
    with no added sugar’;
    The category ‘fine bakery products for
    special nutritional uses’ shall be renamed
    ‘fine bakery products containing sweeteners
    for special nutritional uses, energyreduced’;
    Or. fr
    Justification
    The Commission proposal fails to provide clear information for consumers
    on the composition of foodstuffs. This amendment, which allows for the
    clearest possible information for the consumer, has therefore been
    proposed.

    Amendment by Dagmar Roth-Behrendt DRothBehrendt@europarl.eu.int
    Amendment 11
    ANNEX, point 1
    The category ‘fine bakery products for
    special nutritional uses’ shall be renamed
    ‘fine bakery products, energy-reduced or
    with no added sugar’;
    The category ‘fine bakery products for
    special nutritional uses’ shall be amended to
    read ‘fine bakery products, energy-reduced
    or with no added sugar’;
    Or. de
    AM\489627EN.doc [page 5/6] PE 319.407/6-15
    EN
    Justification
    There are dietary bakery products which, instead of sugar, contain sugar
    substitutes and/or fructose and/or sweeteners. As a rule, they are not
    calorie-reduced; by and large, composition of the foodstuffs matches
    that of bakery products customarily produced with sugar. These
    foodstuffs are also used for diabetics' special diets. The proposed
    renaming of the category would remove these bakery products from the
    scope of the Directive.

    Amendment by Paul A.A.J.G. Lannoye PLannoye@europarl.eu.int
    Amendment 12
    ANNEX, point 3 (a)
    (a) for the category ‘water-based flavoured
    drinks, energy-reduced or with no added
    sugar’ the maximum usable dose of ‘400
    mg/l’ is replaced by ‘350 mg/l’;
    deleted
    Or. en
    Justification
    Cyclamic acid, which is not authorised by the US FDA, has been shown to
    reduce testosterone levels and provoke testicle atrophy in rats. It is
    suspected to have cancerogenous effects, and the ADI set at 7 mg/kg bw
    is easily exceeded due to its presence in various soft drinks and other
    products.

    Amendment by Inger Schörling ISchorling@europarl.eu.int
    Amendment 13
    ANNEX, point 3 (a)
    (a) for the category ‘water-based flavoured
    drinks, energy-reduced or with no added
    sugar’ the maximum usable dose of ‘400
    mg/l’ is replaced by ‘350 mg/l’;
    (a) for the category ‘water-based flavoured
    drinks, energy-reduced or with no added
    sugar’ the maximum usable dose of ‘400
    mg/l’ is replaced by ‘100 mg/l’;
    Or. en
    PE 319.407/6-15 [page 6/6] AM\489627EN.doc
    EN
    Justification
    The ADI for cyclamic acid has been set by the SCF at 7 mg/kg bw. This
    value is easily exceeded due to the presence of cyclamate in various
    soft drinks and other products.

    Amendment by Paul A.A.J.G. Lannoye PLannoye@europarl.eu.int
    Amendment 14
    ANNEX, point 3 (b)
    (b) the following categories and maximum
    usable doses are deleted:
    (b) all categories and maximum usable doses
    are deleted:
    Or. en
    Justification
    Cyclamic acid, which is not authorised by the US FDA, has been shown to
    reduce testosterone levels and provoke testicle atrophy in rats. It is
    suspected to have cancerogenous effects, and the ADI set at 7 mg/kg bw
    is easily exceeded due to its presence in various soft drinks and other
    products.

    Amendment by Paul A.A.J.G. Lannoye PLannoye@europarl.eu.int
    Amendment 15
    ANNEX, point 4
    (4) The following tables are added: deleted
    Or. en
    Justification
    Sucralose is an organo-chloride whose toxicological evaluation is mainly
    based on nonpublished studies undertaken by the producing company. The
    wide range of use proposed by the Commission and the ADI, which is set
    at a much higher value than the ADI fixed by the FDA, give further
    reasons for doubt. The EU should apply the precautionary principle and
    not authorise the use of sucralose at the present stage.
    ************************************************** *********************

    http://www.europarl.eu.int/

    EP, FSA AND SCF WEBSITES
    1. The Explanatory Statement and Draft Report by Anne Ferreira, the
    Rapporteur, relating to the Amendments to the Sweeteners Directive
    94/35/EC

    http://www.europarl.eu.int/meetdocs/...vi20030121.htm
    .

    2. The Opinion of Aspartame by the Scientific Committee on Food given
    4th December 2002
    http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/aspartamereview .

    3. SCF website
    http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/scf/out155_en.pdf .
    ************************************************** **********************

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/959
    aspartame review: methanol, formaldehyde, formic acid toxicity:
    Murray 2.21.3 rmforall
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/968

    Rich Murray, MA Room For All rmforall@att.net
    1943 Otowi Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 USA 505-986-9103

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/messages
    for 968 posts in a public searchable archive

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartame/ 615 member group

    http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame...2-response.htm
    Mark Gold exhaustively critiques European Commission Scientific
    Committee on Food re aspartame (12.4.2): 59 pages, 230 references

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/910
    formaldehyde & formic acid from methanol in aspartame:
    Murray: 12.9.2 rmforall

    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 become 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.
    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
    drinking water.

    Bear in mind that the EPA limit for formaldehyde in
    drinking water is 1 ppm,
    or 2 mg daily for a typical daily consumption of 2 L of water.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/835
    RTM: ATSDR: EPA limit 1 ppm formaldehyde in drinking water July 1999
    5.30.2 rmforall

    This long-term low-level chronic toxic exposure leads to typical
    patterns of increasingly severe complex symptoms, starting with
    headache, fatigue, joint pain, irritability, memory loss, and
    leading to vision and eye problems and even seizures. In many cases
    there is addiction. Probably there are immune system disorders, with a
    hypersensitivity to these toxins and other chemicals.

    Confirming evidence and a general theory are given by Pall (2002):
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/909
    testable theory of MCS type diseases, vicious cycle of nitric oxide &
    peroxynitrite: MSG: formaldehyde-methanol-aspartame:
    Martin L. Pall: Murray: 12.9.2 rmforall

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/946
    Functional Therapeutics in Neurodegenerative Disease Part 1/2:
    Perlmutter 7.15.99: Murray 1.10.3 rmforall

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/915
    formaldehyde toxicity: Thrasher & Kilburn: Shaham: EPA: Gold: Murray:
    Wilson: CIIN: 12.12.2 rmforall

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/935
    comet assay finds DNA damage from sucralose, cyclamate, saccharin in
    mice: Sasaki YF & Tsuda S Aug 2002: Murray 1.1.3 rmforall
    [Also borderline evidence, in this pilot study of 39 food additives,
    using a test group of 4 mice, for DNA damage from for stomach, colon,
    liver, bladder, and lung 3 hr after oral dose of 2000 mg/kg aspartame--
    a very high dose.]

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/961
    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]
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