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New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino Supports California Labeling Aspartame as Carcinogenic, plus Stephen Fox Testimony

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Statement from New Mexico State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino to the California Carcinogen Identification Committee:

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Dear Colleagues in Government:

I am a State Senator in New Mexico, where I have served for three terms.

I would like to share my experience in attempting to pass legislation here in our state which would have banned the use of the chemical aspartame in foods and beverages sold here.

On four occasions I introduced legislation to this effect. I provided the committees to which the bills were referred extensive information on the danger to public health posed by this additive. Experts from around the country came to testify in support. Yet we lost each time.

In every instance a veritable army of lobbyists descended on the hearing--not to refute the scientific findings we provided, but to simply insist that the chemical had been ruled safe by the FDA and that that should end all discussion of the matter.

The problem, of course, is that the FDA made its ruling years ago based on political influence and faulty information. Subsequent research has clarified both the health danger of aspartame and the falsehood underlying its claim to be effective in reducing obesity. Yet the FDA, under terrific pressure from the soft drink industry, steadfastly refuses to re-examine this carcinogenic substance. It is with this background that I heard of your efforts in California to take the simple, common sense step to label aspartame as a carcinogen.

I applaud the effort and hope that your decision makers will have greater success in resisting the pressure tactics of industry lobbyists than we did in New Mexico.

In a democratic society, we are all responsible for how public health policy is developed. Science, not corporate profit, should be the criterion employed.

When Federal officials refuse to act responsibly, you at the State level will have to step up. Thank you for doing so.

Sincerely, State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, New Mexico Senate District 12 Albuquerque, New Mexico


Stephen Fox Statement in Support of California Labeling Aspartame, for the Carcinogen Identification Committee

In introduction, I must commend whichever person or persons have precipitated this long overdue discussion of Aspartame's carcinogenicity. You have taken a mighty step just to bring this discussion this far. I particularly bring your attention to the testimony filed a few days ago by Dr. Betty Martini of Mission Possible. She knows more about aspartame generally than anyone else in the world, and, if your own commission's records are accessible to you, they will corroborate that she and I first wrote to the CIC in Sacramento back in 2009.

I would further refer your deliberations to real experts in Biochemistry, Preventive Oncology, Neurotoxicology, and Internal Medicine which abound at the Medical Schools in California, many of which are the best in the world, for clear, unfettered, non-corporate manipulated testimony. Ask them to testify to you in writing or in person, if you are not already doing so.

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