This is concerning the article, "FDA Is Urged To Alert Parents On NutraSweet", which appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on March 4, 1986
You will find the article below.
l986 was the year the Community Nutrition Institute petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame because so many people were going blind and having seizures. It was taken all the way to the Supreme Court but nobody was concerned about the public. In l986 the FDA was already Big Pharma's Washington Branch Office.
Senator Metzenbaum constantly wrote about the children. Dr. John Olney had written a 49 page article to the FDA Board of Inquiry telling them if aspartame is approved how it would destroy the brains of our children. Here it is: http://www.wnho.net/dr_olney1.doc Aspartame is an abortifacient and teratogen, triggering birth defects and mental retardation. Today aspartame is used by 70% of the population without a warning for pregnant women. The National Research Council said in June, 2000 half of all pregnancies in the US result in miscarriage or unhealthy babies. Further it triggers psychiatric and behavioral problems.
Dr. Paul B. Dunbar who was FDA Commissioner in 1950 said: "No new chemical or no chemical that is subject to any question a to safety should be employed until its possible injurious effect, both on an acute and on a long-time chronic basis, has been shown to be nonexistent. In other words, any chemical that is proposed for use ought to be proved in advance of distribution in a food product to be utterly and completely without the possibility of human injury." This was the "old FDA". Today we have the Food and Death Association we call the Fatal Drugs Allowed folks.
Dr. H. J. Roberts said in Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, http://www.sunsentpress.com
Consumption of Aspartame by Children:
Also you must remember because aspartame causes cancer the FDA should not have been able to even set an allowable daily dose and their own FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, exposed them in Congress:
On August 1, l985 the FDA's toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress at least one of Searle's studies "has established beyond ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it is of extremely high significance. ... In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established WAY BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act?"
The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow any residues of cancer causing chemicals in foods. In his concluding testimony Gross asked, "Given the cancer causing potential of aspartame how would the FDA justify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an allowable daily intake or 'safe' level of it? Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?" Congressional Record SID835:131 (August 1, l985)
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
FDA IS URGED TO ALERT PARENTS ON NUTRASWEET
Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)-March 4, 1986
Author: Joyce Gemperlein, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum (D., Ohio) yesterday urged the Food and Drug Administration to advise parents how much NutraSweet, the artificial sugar substitute, can be safely ingested by children.
In a letter to FDA Commissioner Frank Young, Metzenbaum complained that the FDA had "never acted to inform the public that a maximum allowable daily intake for NutraSweet exists, (and) has opposed my proposal to require quantity labeling for products" containing aspartame, which is marketed by G.D. Searle & Co. to more than 10 million Americans under the brand name NutraSweet.
Metzenbaum told Young that he was asking for the advisory in part because of a report published last week in the Food and Chemical News. In that article, Richard Ronk, deputy director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, stated that he believed that children between the ages of 2 and 5 were exceeding the FDA's daily-intake limit of 50 mg.
"NutraSweet is now in everything from children's vitamins to Kool-Aid to cold remedies. We cannot use America's children as guinea pigs to determine the 'safe' level of NutraSweet consumption," Metzenbaum said.
He also complained that Searle's television ads feature a little boy saying, "NutraSweet, that's the good stuff," and that the advertisement creates an impression that children can consume as much of it as they like.
Metzenbaum has been pushing for new and independent inquiries into the safety of aspartame and the manner in which it was approved by the FDA. He has called for congressional hearings into a staff investigation showing that the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago delayed or "froze" a grand jury investigation into certain animal studies performed by Searle to gain FDA approval.
Both Searle and the FDA insist that aspartame has been thoroughly tested for safety. But the FDA and consumer groups have received hundreds of complaints from consumers that the sweetener has caused seizures, headaches, blindness and other maladies.
The scientific community is divided about whether the product is dangerous.
1. Howard M. Metzenbaum; Senator seeks advisory on safe levels for children
Memo: CLEARING THE RECORD, PUBLISHED MARCH 6, 1986, FOLLOWS:
The Inquirer on Tuesday incorrectly reported the comments of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration official about daily-intake limits for NutraSweet, the artificial sugar substitute. Richard Ronk, deputy director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, was reported to have stated that he believed children between the ages of 2 and 5 were exceeding the FDA's daily- intake limit of 50 mg of NutraSweet. The article should have said that Ronk believed that children between those ages were exceeding the FDA's daily- intake limit of 50 mg of NutraSweet per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of the children's body weight.
1986 The Philadelphia Inquirer