WASHINGTON, March 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citizens for Health
(CFH), the national grassroots advocacy organization committed to
protecting and expanding natural health choices, has announced the
establishment of 1-888-774- CALL (2255), a hotline for consumers who
believe they are suffering side effects from the use of the artificial
sweetener Splenda. In light of the complaints they have already received,
the group is also renewing their call for the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take
action against McNeil Nutritionals, the manufacturer of Splenda.
"The FDA ignored our original request to look into these complaints, so
we decided to step up and document them," said Jim Turner, Esq., chairman
of the board of Citizens for Health. "I encourage consumers to contact us
if they have suffered any side effects from the use of the chlorinated
artificial sweetener Splenda and to join us in demanding that FDA
immediately conduct case studies on possible side effects from its use."
To report side effects or adverse events, please call 1-888-774-CALL
Citizens for Health also stated their support for various lawsuits
around the country addressing Splenda's misleading marketing tactics. Last
week, a federal judge in Philadelphia ruled that Merisant Co., the
manufacturer of Equal and NutraSweet, had presented sufficient evidence
that McNeil may have intentionally misled consumers to require that all the
evidence be heard at trial.
"Splenda's advertising is false and misleading," Turner commented. "We
are pleased the judge recognized the severity of these allegations and has
ruled that a case should go to a jury trial. We also ask the FTC to review
claims that the popular slogan 'Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar'
has led consumer to believe that Splenda is somehow more natural then other
artificial sweeteners." The FTC is the government agency responsible for
monitoring and enforcing advertising standards.
In April of 2006, Citizens for Health submitted a Citizens Petition to
the FDA calling on the agency to revoke its approval of sucralose, the
sweetening component of the artificial sweetener Splenda.
About Citizens for Health
Citizens for Health (http://www.citizens.org) is an international non-
profit consumer advocacy group working to broaden healthcare options,
create an integrative health system based on wellness, and advance the
freedom to make health choices. The group promotes the fundamental policies
needed to improve health choices and information in the U.S. and
internationally. The group works with grassroots and education
organizations and partners in the not-for-profit sector to ensure consumer
access to dietary supplements, safe foods, a healthy environment and a wide
range of healing therapies. Citizens for Health fosters active citizen
leadership and organizes natural health consumers to create political and
legislative solutions that support those rights.
SOURCE Citizens for Health