Condemning the FDA

Aspartame Recall: A Message Congress Cannot Ignore
by Dr. Betty Martini, D. Hum
December 2006

Don’t let on that fruits & vegetables improve your health or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will throw you in the slammer. The FDA threatened 29 cherry growers with confiscation and prosecution for revealing on their websites that cherries contain chemicals that reduce arthritic inflammation. The FDA’s power-grab logic is: Health claims magically transform food into drugs, requiring FDA approval. So don’t say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” or the FDA will put you away.

Yet, once the FDA blesses a toxic substance, as in the case of Aspartame/NutraSweet/Equal, the toxin can do no wrong and may saturate our food supply unhindered. In 2005, a peer-reviewed, three-year study on 1,800 rats by Dr. Morando Soffritti of the Cancer Research Center of the European Foundation of Oncology & Environmental Sciences confirmed that aspartame is a multi-potential carcinogen, just as the FDA knew and had itself declared some 25 years ago. Yet, the product continues to be sold today in the United States and many other countries.

The FDA Once Fought Aspartame

Twenty-five years ago, a less-compromised FDA fought to keep aspartame off the market because its consumption was linked with brain tumors as well as a long list of other deadly disabilities. In 1977, the FDA even tried to have the manufacturer, G. D. Searle Co., prosecuted for submitting fraudulent tests to get the poison approved. The FDA’s then-Chief Counsel asked the Department of Justice to investigate Searle’s violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), and the False Reports to the Government Act. This extensive complaint specified the company’s “[w]illful and knowing failure to make reports to the FDA” and its “concealing material facts and making false statements in reports of animal studies.”

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