Saccharin warning labels removed

The food industry has long argued that warning labels on products containing saccharin are unnecessary. Apparently its argument resonated with powerful forces in Congress because in a somewhat unusual move, the 2001 appropriations bill for Health and Human Services contained a provision eliminating the warning label for saccharin.

The appropriations process does not allow for inquiries or hearings. In commenting on the action, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) cited studies that indicate a link between saccharin and cancer. CSPI Executive Director Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., advised consumers to play it safe and avoid the artificial sweetener.

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