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An interesting item from the food ingredients press: China is restricting production and sale of Aspartame, the controversial sweetener that has recently been declared to be innocuous by both the FDA and the European Food Safety Administration.

China to Restrict Aspartame Production and Sale

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12/07/06 - By controlling production and banning the launch of new projects, China will exert more efforts to restrict the production and sale of aspartame, press reports said.

A circular issued by The National Development and Reform Commission (NDR), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce and the State Environmental Protection Administration highlighted their further strengthening of China’s work on restricting the sale and production of the widely-used sweetener.

State-designated aspartame producers shall in principle shift production to other products when moving to a new place, according to the circular. In addition, their reconstruction will not exceed the state designated one, if they decide to pursue their aspartame operations.

A clamp-down on aspartame production by the Chinese authorities. What do the Chinese know that the US FDA and the European Agency for the Safety of Foods are completely missing?

Only recently, the European Commission moved its Food Safety Agency to discredit the Italian study by the European Ramazzini Foundation's Cancer Research Institute which had found that in a long time experiment, rats had developed cancers and leukemias when given aspartame at dosages comparable to those that humans could be expected to consume.

No wonder the Chinese economy is the most vibrant economy, together with India, growing by about 10 % a year. They actually take care to eliminate losing business propositions and concentrate on what has a promising future, and there is no override of decisions of the government by industrial giants.

Not so here in the West. Since Donald Rumsfeld called in his markers to override the FDA scientific advisory board's decision to not approve the sweetener, the FDA has been looking the other way every time it got an adverse event report. Now such reports are openly discouraged because ... well, it just can't be that a sweetener that is on the market with regulatory approval is causing your nausea, your headache, your vision going bad, and any of a number of some 92 adverse reactions listed in an early FDA report, then removed from public view.

The situation is similar with the European Union. The scientific data were re-examined several times, and each time aspartame was given a clean bill of health. At its latest aspartame-defense press conference, the EU representative was bold enough to state that "no further research is needed". Translation: Aspartame will stay on the market, whether you like it or not.

Perhaps the only conclusion one can come to by looking at all the data available is: Our health authorities are in bed with an industry that is concentrating on shareholder profit rather than on eliminating problems their products cause for our health.

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China to restrict aspartame production and sale, three major agencies,
five producers www.FoodIngredientsFirst.com: Murray 2006.07.16
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1357

[ see also:
Rio Rancho Public Schools (Albuquerque suburb, New Mexico)
bans aspartame, splenda, caffeine, etc. in Mid-High and high school:
Gary Herron, The Rio Rancho Observer: Murray 2006.07.19
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1357

"Drinks containing the sweeteners Splenda and Aspartame are banned,
as well as drinks containing caffeine."

http://www.observer-online.com/articles/2006/07/19/news/story4.txt ]


This is the first restriction of aspartame on a national level,
by the world's largest nation, about 1,306 million.

For the first time, I found a host of Web sites for major public and
private agencies in China, giving access emails
and quite a lot of information about policy and recent actions.


http://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/newsmaker_article.asp?idNewsMaker=11493&fSite=AO545&next=1

China to restrict aspartame production and sale

July 12, 2006 -- State-designated aspartame producers shall in principle
shift production to other products when moving to a new place,
according to the circular.

12/07/06 By controlling production
and banning the launch of new projects,
China will exert more efforts to restrict
the production and sale of aspartame,
press reports said.

A circular issued by
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDR),
the State Administration for Industry and Commerce
and the State Environmental Protection Administration
highlighted their further strengthening of China's work on restricting
the sale and production of the widely-used sweetener.

State-designated aspartame producers shall in principle shift production
to other products when moving to a new place,
according to the circular.

In addition, their reconstruction will not exceed the state designated one,
if they decide to pursue their aspartame operations.

Presently, China has five designated aspartame manufacturers namely:
Suzhou Fine Chemicals,
Tianjin Northern Foodstuffs,
Tianjin Changjie Chemical,
Kaifeng Xinghua Chemical
and Shanghai Fuxing Chemical,
press reports said.

Reports concluded that the total aspartame production from the five
producers was recorded at
22,850 tons in 2005, of which 19,300 tons was exported.

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unexamined diet research cofactors:
formaldehyde from tobacco and wood smoke,
it also forms from methanol in dark wines and liquors
and 11% methanol part of aspartame: Murray 2006.07.16


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1340
aspartame groups and books: updated research review of 2004.07.16:
Murray 2006.05.11

NIH NLM ToxNet HSDB Hazardous Substances Data Bank
inadequate re aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde, formic acid):
Murray 2006.07.16
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1349

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1341
Connecticut bans artificial sweeteners in schools, Nancy Barnes,
New Milford Times: Murray 2006.05.25

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1353
carcinogenic effect of inhaled formaldehyde, Federal Institute of Risk
Assessment, Germany -- same safe level as for Canada:
Murray 2006.06.02

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1352
Home sickness -- indoor air often worse, as our homes seal in pollutants
[one is formaldehyde, also from the 11% methanol part of aspartame],
Megan Gillis, WinnipegSun.com: Murray 2006.06.01


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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1143
methanol (formaldehyde, formic acid) disposition: Bouchard M
et al, full plain text, 2001: substantial sources are
degradation of fruit pectins, liquors, aspartame, smoke:
Murray 2005.04.02


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HSDB Hazardous Substances Data Bank: Aspartame

ASPARTAME CASRN: 22839-47-0
METHANOL CASRN: 67-56-1
FORMALDEHYDE CASRN: 50-00-0
FORMIC ACID CASRN: 64-18-6

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1307
formaldehyde from 11% methanol part of aspartame or from red wine
causes same toxicity (hangover) harm: Murray 2006.05.24

Dark wines and liquors, as well as aspartame, provide
similar levels of methanol, above 120 mg daily, for
long-term heavy users, 2 L daily, about 6 cans.

Within hours, methanol is inevitably largely turned into formaldehyde,
and thence largely into formic acid -- the major causes of the dreaded
symptoms of "next morning" hangover.

Fully 11% of aspartame is methanol -- 1,120 mg aspartame
in 2 L diet soda, almost six 12-oz cans, gives 123 mg
methanol (wood alcohol). If 30% of the methanol is turned
into formaldehyde, the amount of formaldehyde, 37 mg,
is 18.5 times the USA EPA limit for daily formaldehyde in
drinking water, 2.0 mg in 2 L average daily drinking water.

Any unsuspected source of methanol, which the body always quickly
and largely turns into formaldehyde and then formic acid, must be
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