After 30 years, the government has decided that a commonly used sweetener is not a danger to human health.
The EPA has removed saccharin, a common artificial sweetener, and its salts from the agency’s list of hazardous substances. Saccharin is no longer considered a potential hazard to human health.
The rule is in response to a petition submitted to the EPA by the Calorie Control Council (CCC) to remove saccharin and its salts from the above lists. According to its Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, Federal Register notice, the EPA based its decision from studies conducted by key public health agencies concerning the carcinogenic and other potential toxicological effects of saccharin and its salts, as well as the agency's own assessment of the waste generation and management information for saccharin and its salts.
Saccharin is a white crystalline powder that is found in diet soft drinks, chewing gum and juice. Saccharin was labeled a potentially cancer-causing substance in the 1980s. In the late 1990s, the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer re-evaluated the available scientific information on saccharin and its salts and concluded that it is not a potential human carcinogen. Because the scientific basis for remaining on EPA’s lists no longer applies, the agency has removed saccharin and its salts from its lists.
The EPA proposed the removal of saccharin and its salts from the lists on April 22, 2010 and did not receive any comments opposing the proposal.
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