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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

    Anne FERREIRA (PES, F)
    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.

    Press enquiries: Mary Brazier
    (Strasbourg)Â tel.(33) 3 88 763969
    (Brussels) Â tel.(32-2) 28 42672
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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

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    Jan Alexander <>
    National Institute of Public Health
    Department of Environmental Medicine
    P.O. Box 4404, Torshov, N - 0403 Oslo, Norway

    Susan M. Barlow <>
    8 Harrington Rd Brighton
    East Sussex BNI 6RE United Kingdom
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    Angelo Carere <> Italy

    Karl-Heinz Engel <>
    Technische Universitat Munchen, Lehrstuhl fur Allgemeine
    Lebensmitteltechnologie, Am Forum 2, D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan,

    Professor Albert Flynn BSc, PhD. <>
    Position: Associate Professor in Nutrition. Ireland
    Tel: 353.21.4902649. Fax: 353.21.4270244.

    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 <>
    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 <>
    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 <>
    (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 <>
    before he retired, Bevan Moseley was head of the Institute of Food
    Research, Reading Laboratory
    Reading, Berkshire, UK

    Andreu Palou <>
    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:

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

    Josef Schlatter <>
    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 <>
    Dr., Direction Scientifique
    "Nutrition Humaine et Sécurité Alimentaire", Institut National de la
    Recherche Agronomique, Paris, France

    Jean-Michel Wal <> 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 <>,
    "Susan M. Barlow" <>,
    Angelo Carere <>,
    Karl-Heinz Engel <>,
    Albert Flynn <>,
    Berthold Koletzko <>,
    John Christian Larsen <>,
    Anna Ferro-Luzzi <>,
    Bevan Moseley <>,
    Andreu Palou <>,
    "Wim H.M. Saris" <>,
    Josef Schlatter <>,
    Philippe Verger <>,
    Jean-Michel Wal <>,
    Taina Sateri <>
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    brief aspartame review: formaldehyde toxicity: Murray 9.5.3 rmforall

    Rich Murray, MA Room For All
    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: [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.

    "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.
    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
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
    Innovative Medical Research
    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)

    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] 5-page review
    Roberts HJ Aspartame (NutraSweet) addiction.
    Townsend Letter 2000 Jan;
    Sunshine Sentinel Press P.O.Box 17799 West Palm Beach, FL 33416
    800-814-9800 561-588-7628 561-547-8008 fax 603-225-2100
    Aspartame Toxicity Information Center Mark D. Gold 12 East Side Drive #2-18 Concord, NH 03301
    "Scientific Abuse in Aspartame Research"
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