Splenda Side Effect Hotline Established by Consumer Group

Citizens for Health Urges FTC, FDA to Take Action

Mar 21, 2007, 01:00 ET from Citizens for Health

    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.

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