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FDA looking glass world: Stevia Bad, Aspartame Good

FDA CRACKS DOWN ON
NATURAL HERBAL SWEETENER, STEVIA
The FDA, under pressure from the powerful sugar and artificial sweetener lobby, has issued a warning letter to Celestial Seasonings for using a popular natural sweetener in some of its teas. The letter indicates the FDA classifies the herb stevia as “unsafe”, even though it is a main staple sweetener in countries like China and Japan and has been used without negative health effects by indigenous people for at least 400 years. In the FDA’s letter to Celestial Seasonings, the agency aggressively condemns the use of the herb, noting that “enforcement action may include seizure of violative products”. The FDA claims no evidence has been provided to the agency regarding the herb’s safety, but federal records reveal the FDA has received over a thousand scientific studies regarding stevia, and all but one of them verify the safety of the herb. In sharp contrast, nearly half of the studies provided to the FDA regarding the artificial sweetener aspartame, previously owned by Monsanto, indicate serious health concerns, yet it is one of the most commonly used (and one of the most profitable) sweeteners in the U.S. The OCA has also verified the FDA has strengthened enforcement of stevia imports at the borders. Last week, the agency updated a document that mandates detainment of imported food products containing stevia.

Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_7140.cfm

RELATED QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The only possible way to report that the results showed detrimental effects is by taking information out of context. If this is the case, one concludes that these FDA scientists are incompetent and irresponsible, or if not, they must belong to some sort of conspiracy group to carry on a sinister agenda against this plant with the objective to keep it away from American consumers by attributing to it safety issues that do not exist.”

Mauro Alvarez, Ph.D., responding to the fact that the FDA cited stevia studies he conducted as evidence that stevia is unsafe.

One Response

  1. CSPI is continuing the anti-Stevia fearmongering. I’m starting to think CSPI is a front for the FDA and Monsanto. They’re already a Rockefeller front (funded by the Rockefeller Foundation since the group was founded in 1971 or 1972), which is why they flack for GMOs.

    http://cspinet.org/new/200812152.html

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