Consumer Group Urges Caution on Splenda Use

by William White | June 18, 2013 3:56 pm

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ[1]) might have a new worry as Splenda has been moved[2] from the “safe” category to the “caution” category by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

The change occurred following the results of an unpublished Italian study that found the sweetener caused leukemia in rodents[3].

“Sucralose may prove to be safer than saccharin, aspartame, and acesulfame potassium, but the forthcoming Italian study warrants careful scrutiny before we can be confident that the sweetener is safe for use in food,” CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson said.[4]

It is important to note, however, that the CSPI also rates caffeine and sodium benzoate (both of which are commonly found in carbonated drinks) as a “caution” additive in its Chemical Cuisine[5] guide.

Endnotes:
  1. JNJ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=JNJ
  2. Splenda has been moved: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/12/how-safe-is-splenda-group-urges-caution-for-artificial-sweetener/
  3. the sweetener caused leukemia in rodents: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/12/splenda-health-risks-cspi-leukemia-artificial-sweeteners_n_3431024.html
  4. CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson said.: http://www.cspinet.org/new/201306121.html
  5. Chemical Cuisine: http://www.cspinet.org/new/201306121.html

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