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Requiring Carcinogenic Label on Aspartame: The Most Important American Consumer Protection Effort of Early 21st Century

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California, under Proposition 65, is moving closer to labeling the artificial sweetener Aspartame as carcinogenic

Report on the November 15th Meeting in Sacramento, with quotes from Dr. Betty Martini's narrative

On this date, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Heath Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), and its Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) met to decide whether to further consider having aspartame products carry a required label l as a carcinogen.

The speakers represented the CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest; a Dr. Adamson, representing the American Beverage Association; the Calorie Control Council, and Dr. Betty Martini, Founder of Mission Possible International (dedicated to ridding the world of this neurotoxic and carcinogenic scourge).

No listing considerations were made at this meeting; the intent was to listen to testimony, in addition to the already compiled almost 250 written comments that were filed before October 25, 2016. For those who sent in comments prior to the meeting, these are in the process of being listed on their web by the staff at the OEHHA, as having already been sent to the Carcinogen Identification Committee.

The first thing the committee did before anyone spoke was to vote as to whether labeling aspartame should be considered as no priority, low priority, medium priority, or high priority.

After the speakers, they voted again. This is the process for prioritizing, and it is a committee of 8; 6 were present.

After the first vote, Dr. Martini recalled there were medium, medium to high, high to medium and two highs. This all can be further corroborated when they add it to their website.

The vote was declared by the Chairman to be a draw, though it really was a win for the people. If the vote had been no priority or all lows, the entire discussion would have been concluded right then and there. That is not what happened, fortunately.

This vote means they will have to continue their investigation. If they get more of the real facts, aspartame will be classified and subsequently required to carry the label of "containing a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer," which is what it is, without a doubt.

FDA Toxicologist Dr. Adrian Gross admitted to Congress thirty one years ago (on 8/1/85) that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because it causes cancer.

The four speakers were given only 5 minutes to speak. The front group for the aspartame industry and the corporations that subsidizes its efforts, the Calorie Control Council, gave its usual self-serving hype, as did Dr. Adamson.

The only Dr. Adamson that Dr. Martini knows of is Richard Adamson of American Beverage Association. His group changed their name from National Soft Drink Assn but were unable to hide their paper trail.

In the early 80's, before aspartame was approved for soft drinks but after its first approval for other products was forced through the FDA by Donald Rumsfeld, the National Soft Drink Association in response filed with the FDA a 33 page protest against using aspartame in carbonated beverages. Then the courageous Ohio Senator Howard Metzenbaum put the entire report into the Congressional Record. The soft drink association then turned around and lobbied for the manufacturers.

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