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    more from The Independent, UK, Martin Hickman, re ASDA (unit of Wal-
    Mart Stores) and Marks & Spencer ban of aspartame, MSG, artificial
    chemical additives and dyes to prevent ADHD in kids: Murray 2007.05.16
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    ASDA (unit of Wal-Mart Stores WMT.N) and Marks & Spencer
    will join Tesco and also Sainsbury to ban and limit aspartame,
    MSG, artificial flavors dyes preservatives additives, trans fats,
    salt "nasties" to protect kids from ADHD: leading UK media:
    Murray 2007.05.15

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    combining aspartame and quinoline yellow, or MSG and
    brilliant blue, harms nerve cells, eminent C. Vyvyan
    Howard et al, 2005,
    Felicity Lawrence: Murray 2005.12.21

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    50% UK baby food is now organic -- aspartame or MSG
    with food dyes harm nerve cells, CV Howard 3 year study
    funded by Lizzy Vann, CEO, Organix Brands,
    Children's Food Advisory Service: Murray 2006.01.13

    Health Medical

    Asda and M&S to phase out food additives by end of year
    By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent
    Published: 16 May 2007

    Two of Britain's biggest food retailers have announced they will phase
    out artificial colours and flavourings amid concern about the
    substances' impact on children's behaviour.

    Asda said its new guarantee meant that E-numbers would be removed from
    all its own-brand products by the end of the year, while Marks &
    Spencer promised to do the same for 99 per cent of its food in the
    same time.

    The sweetener Aspartame is also being removed

    Some additives have been linked to temper tantrums, poor
    concentration, hyperactivity, and allergic reactions in children.

    A team from the University of Southampton has been researching the
    effect of seven additives on three-year-olds and eight-to-nine year
    olds in a study for the Food Standards Agency, which is expected to be
    published later this year.
    It is expected to raise concern about the combined chemical impact of
    six colours studied --
    tartrazine (E102),
    ponceau 4R (E124),
    sunset yellow (E110),
    carmoisine (E122),
    quinoline yellow (E104) and
    allura red AC (E129) and
    the preservative sodium benzoate (E211).

    Announcing its move, Asda, Britain's third biggest supermarket, said
    it will cost ??30m to remove artificial colours, flavours, hydrogenated
    fat or flavour enhancers, such as monosodium glutamate from its 9,000
    own label food and soft drinks.

    Artificial colours such as carmine (E120), erythrosine (E127),
    quinoline (E104) and sulphite ammonia caramel (E150d) will be either
    dropped outright or replaced with natural colours and fruit and

    Artificial flavours will be replaced with natural flavours, such as

    Aspartame is being replaced with Sucralose, a sweetener made from

    Acknowledging that parental concern on additives is rising, Darren
    Blackhurst, Asda's food trading director, said: "We know our
    customers, particularly the mums and dads, are becoming more and more
    concerned about what's in the food that they buy."

    M&S said that 4,455 food products and soft drinks would be free of
    artificial colours and flavours by the end of 2007.
    The chain, which is still working on ways of reformulating 45 items of
    confectionery and cola drinks, has already dropped monosodium
    glutamate and tartrazine from its products.

    Additives particularly associated with concerns about food intolerance
    and children's diets such as Ponceau 4R and Sunset Yellow are often
    used in cakes and bakery.
    "Removing artificial colourings and flavourings from our cakes was
    really important for us, as our birthday cakes are enjoyed by parents
    and children alike," said a spokesman. The artificial colours
    quinoline, brilliant blue, allura red, and carmosine once used in
    birthday cakes had been replaced with beetroot and paprika natural
    colours, the store said.

    M&S's director of technology, David Gregory, said 95 per cent of its
    foods would be free from artificial colourings and flavourings by

    Nick Giovannelli, the project director of the Hyperactive Children's
    Support Group, welcomed the news and said the retailer's step was "a
    significant undertaking and a big commitment."

    A brief guide to E-numbers

    Although all E-numbers have been tested and approved for use within
    the EU, concerns about them persist.

    Researchers have associated problems with the following:

    Tartrazine (E102)
    Colouring found in sweets, drinks and other food. Potential effects
    include headaches

    Ponceau 4R (E124)
    Colouring found in cake mixes and dessert toppings. Potential effects
    include hives, hay fever and hyperactivity

    Sunset Yellow (E110)
    Colouring found in fruit juice, cereal and confectionery. Potential
    effects include hay fever, eczema and hyperactivity

    Carmoisine (E122)
    Colouring found in sweets and marzipan. Potential effects include

    Quinoline Yellow (E104)
    Colouring found in processed foods, lipsticks, soap and toothpaste.
    Potential effects include asthma, hives and skin rash

    Allura Red AC (E129)
    Colouring found in cereals and biscuits. Potential effects include
    allergic reactions, asthma and hyperactivity

    ??© 2007 Independent News and Media Limited

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    David Gregory Head of Technology, Food, Marks and Spencer [ photo ]

    David Gregory David has worked with Marks & Spencer for 23 years and
    is responsible for ensuring Marks & Spencer's foods are technically
    innovative, safe and consistently meet high quality standards.

    He is responsible for a team of over 70 technical specialists in
    fields as diverse as animal welfare, pesticides, fish sourcing,
    nutrition and material science and ensuring that they are fully
    integrated into the commercial direction of the business.

    He chairs the Marks & Spencer Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    Forum which facilities the management and integration of CSR into day-
    to-day decision making and business systems.

    David is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Environmental Health
    Practitioner and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and

    David has served on a number of Government bodies including DEFRA's
    Research Priorities Group, The Chemistry Leadership Council and is
    currently Chairman of DEFRA's Quality and Innovation Link Programme.

    David is also a Governor of the Institute of Food Research at

    IFR Governing Body

    Institute of Food Research
    Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich NR4 7UA, UK
    Tel: +44(0)1603 255000 Fax: +44(0)1603 507723

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    formaldehyde as a potent unexamined cofactor in cancer research --
    sources include methanol, dark wines and liquors, aspartame, wood and
    tobacco smoke: IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks
    to Humans implicate formaldehyde in #88 and alcohol drinks in #96:
    some related abstracts: Murray 2007.05.15

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    aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde) toxicity research summary: Rich
    Murray 2007.05.15

    One liter aspartame diet soda, about 3 12-oz cans,
    gives 61.5 mg methanol,
    so if 30% is turned into formaldehyde, the formaldehyde
    dose of 18.5 mg is 37 times the recent EPA limit of
    0.5 mg per liter daily drinking water for a 10-kg child:
    2007.01.05 [ does not discuss formaldehyde from methanol
    or aspartame ]
    Visitor Feedback | Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children's Health | US EPA comments

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    aspartame groups and books: updated research review of
    2004.07.16: Murray 2006.05.11

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    Aspartame Controversy, in Wikipedia democratic
    encyclopedia, 72 references (including AspartameNM # 864
    and 1173 by Murray), brief fair summary of much more
    research: Murray 2007.01.01
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    cancer from formaldehyde from methanol from aspartame or dark winds and liquors

    [ Continued ]

    Dark wines and liquors, as well as aspartame, provide
    similar levels of methanol, above 120 mg daily, for
    long-term heavy users, 2 L daily, about 6 cans.

    Within hours, methanol is inevitably largely turned into
    formaldehyde, and thence largely into formic acid -- the
    major causes of the dreaded symptoms of "next morning"

    Fully 11% of aspartame is methanol -- 1,120 mg aspartame
    in 2 L diet soda, almost six 12-oz cans, gives 123 mg
    methanol (wood alcohol). If 30% of the methanol is turned
    into formaldehyde, the amount of formaldehyde, 37 mg,
    is 18.5 times the USA EPA limit for daily formaldehyde in
    drinking water, 2.0 mg in 2 L average daily drinking water.

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    methanol products (formaldehyde and formic acid) are main
    cause of alcohol hangover symptoms [same as from similar
    amounts of methanol, the 11% part of aspartame]:
    YS Woo et al, 2005 Dec: Murray 2006.01.20

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    methanol (formaldehyde, formic acid) disposition:
    Bouchard M et al, full plain text, 2001: substantial
    sources are degradation of fruit pectins, liquors,
    aspartame, smoke: Murray 2005.04.02

    "According to model predictions, congruent with the data in the
    literature [Dorman et al., 1994; Horton et al., 1992], a certain
    fraction of formaldehyde is readily oxidized to formate,
    a major fraction of which is rapidly converted to CO2 and exhaled,
    whereas a small fraction is excreted as formic acid in urine.

    However, fits to the available data in rats and monkeys of Horton et
    al. [1992] and Dorman et al. [1994] show that, once formed, a
    substantial fraction of formaldehyde is converted to unobserved forms.

    This pathway contributes to a long-term unobserved compartment.

    The latter, most plausibly, represents either the formaldehyde that
    [directly or after oxidation to formate] binds to various endogenous
    molecules [Heck et al., 1983; R??e, 1982]...

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    brain cell tangles and neuron death similar to Alzheimers
    via low dose formaldehyde from methanol,
    Chunlai Nie, Rongqiao He et al, China, 2007.01.23 BMC
    Neuroscience 28 pages, 63 references: Murray 2007.01.24

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    Coca-Cola carcinogenicity in rats, Ramazzini Foundation,
    F Belpoggi, M Soffritti, Annals NY Academy Sciences
    2006 Sept, parts of 17 pages: Murray 2006.12.02

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    Fiorella Belpoggi & Morando Soffritti of Ramazzini
    Foundation prove lifetime carcinogenicity of Coca-Cola,
    aspartame, and arsenic, Annals of the NY Academy of
    Sciences: Murray 2006.11.28

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    Bristol, Connecticut, schools join state program to limit
    artificial sweeteners, sugar, fats for 8800 students,
    Johnny J Burnham, The Bristol Press: Murray 2006.09.22

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    Connecticut bans artificial sweeteners in schools,
    Nancy Barnes, New Milford Times: Murray 2006.05.25

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    soft drinks and adolescent hyperactivity, mental distress,
    conduct problems, Lars Lien, Nanna Lien, Sonja Heyerdahl,
    Mayne Thoresen, Espen Bjertness 2006 Oct., A J Pub Health:
    Murray 2006.10.21

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    healthy diet, vitamins, and fish oil help reduce
    depression and violence, studies by Joseph Hibbeln,
    Bernard Gesch, and Stephen Schoenthaler, articles by
    Felicity Lawrence in UK Guardian Unlimited and Pat
    Thomas in The Ecologist: Murray 2006.10.21

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    carcinogenic effect of inhaled formaldehyde, Federal
    Institute of Risk Assessment, Germany -- same safe level
    as for Canada: Murray 2006.06.02

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    Home sickness -- indoor air often worse, as our homes
    seal in pollutants [one is formaldehyde, also from the 11%
    methanol part of aspartame],
    Megan Gillis, Murray 2006.06.01

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    effect of aspartame on oncogene and suppressor gene expressions in
    mice, Katalin Gambos, Istvan Ember, et al, University of Pecs,
    Hungary, In Vivo 2007 Jan; scores of their relevant past studies since
    1977: Murray 2007.04.14

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    toxicity in rat brains from aspartame, Vences-Mejia A,
    Espinosa-Aguirre JJ et al 2006 Aug: Murray 2006.09.06

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    aspartame rat brain toxicity re cytochrome P450 enzymes,
    especially CYP2E1, Vences-Mejia A, Espinosa-Aguirre JJ
    et al, 2006 Aug, Hum Exp Toxicol: relevant abstracts re
    formaldehyde from methanol in alcohol drinks:
    Murray 2006.09.29

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    combining aspartame and quinoline yellow, or MSG and
    brilliant blue, harms nerve cells, eminent C. Vyvyan
    Howard et al, 2005,
    Felicity Lawrence: Murray 2005.12.21

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    50% UK baby food is now organic -- aspartame or MSG
    with food dyes harm nerve cells, CV Howard 3 year study
    funded by Lizzy Vann, CEO, Organix Brands,
    Children's Food Advisory Service: Murray 2006.01.13

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    all three aspartame metabolites harm human erythrocyte
    [red blood cell] membrane enzyme activity, KH Schulpis
    et al, two studies in 2005, Athens, Greece, 2005.12.14:
    2004 research review, RL Blaylock: Murray 2006.01.14

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    NIH NLM ToxNet HSDB Hazardous Substances Data Bank
    inadequate re aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde,
    formic acid): Murray 2006.08.19
    HSDB Hazardous Substances Data Bank: Aspartame

    ASPARTAME CASRN: 22839-47-0
    METHANOL CASRN: 67-56-1
    FORMIC ACID CASRN: 64-18-6

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    DMDC: Dimethyl dicarbonate 200mg/L in drinks adds methanol
    98 mg/L ( becomes formaldehyde in body ): EU Scientific
    Committee on Foods 2001.07.12: Murray 2004.01.22

    Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Toxicity Information Center
    Aspartame Toxicity Information Center Mark D. Gold
    12 East Side Drive #2-18 Concord, NH 03301 603-225-2100

    Scientific Abuse in Methanol / Formaldehyde Research Related to Aspartame
    "Scientific Abuse in Aspartame Research"

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    safety of aspartame Part 1/2 12.4.2: EC HCPD-G SCF:
    Murray 2003.01.12 EU Scientific Committee on Food,
    a whitewash

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    Aspartame Industry Influence and the Scientific Committee on Food
    Mark Gold exhaustively critiques European Commission
    Scientific Committee on Food re aspartame ( 2002.12.04 ):
    59 pages, 230 references

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    RTM: Smith, Terpening, Schmidt, Gums:
    full text: aspartame, MSG, fibromyalgia 2002.01.17
    Jerry D Smith, Chris M Terpening,
    Siegfried OF Schmidt, and John G Gums
    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.
    BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a common rheumatologic
    disorder that is often difficult to treat effectively.
    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.

    Siegfried O. Schmidt, MD Asst. Clinical Prof.
    Community Health and Family Medicine, U. Florida,
    Gainesville, FL Shands Hospital West Oak Clinic
    Gainesville, FL 32608-3629 352-376-5071

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    formaldehyde toxicity: Thrasher & Kilburn: Shaham: EPA:
    Gold: Wilson: CIIN: Murray 2002.12.12

    Thrasher (2001): "The major difference is that the
    Japanese demonstrated the incorporation of FA and its
    metabolites into the placenta and fetus.
    The quantity of radioactivity remaining in maternal and
    fetal tissues at 48 hours was 26.9% of the administered
    dose." [ Ref. 14-16 ]

    Arch Environ Health 2001 Jul-Aug; 56(4): 300-11.
    Embryo toxicity and teratogenicity of formaldehyde.
    [100 references]
    Thrasher JD, Kilburn KH.
    Sam-1 Trust, Alto, New Mexico, USA. full text
    Formaldehyde Embryo toxicity

    Immune Activation and Autoantibodies in Humans with Long-Term Inhalation full text
    Jack Dwayne Thrasher, Alan Broughton, Roberta Madison.
    Immune activation and autoantibodies in humans with
    long-term inhalation exposure to formaldehyde.
    Archives of Environmental Health. 1990; 45: 217-223.
    PMID: 2400243
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