Aspartame Manufacturer Funds Junk Science, Declares Aspartame “Safe”.


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Some of you might remember that I wrote about aspartame back in July. Rounding up some scientific articles and investigating how this crap was approved in the first place, it was quite a learning experience. But today, an article has come out about Ajinomoto, a top manufacturer of aspartame, who has picked and pulled “evidence” out of existing reports (no, they did no new research) to proclaim that aspartame is safe. From NewsTarget:

The panel of experts was called together by the Burdock Group, a consulting firm that earns its money from food and grocery manufacturers like Ajinomoto. The Ajinomoto company was reportedly not allowed to actually choose which panel members would be part of the aspartame safety review, but industry critics like Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), responded by saying, “They say Ajinomoto paid for the study but researchers didn’t know who paid. Well, they knew it was industry. And some of these people are longstanding industry consultants.”

What we have here is a case of yet more pro-aspartame propaganga being paraded around as legitimate science. It’s really more of a junk science fraud fest designed to prop up the aspartame industry a little longer even as new science keeps coming out showing the chemical sweetener to be potentially quite dangerous to health.

For the Ajinomoto company to fund a review by paying money to an industry-friendly consulting group that coincidentally happens to find aspartame to be perfectly safe strains credibility to such a degree that only a fool would put any weight in this announcement. It’s like the R.J. Reynolds company announcing nicotine is not addictive, or Coca-Cola declaring that high fructose corn syrup does not promote obesity.

And while learning that a company funds crappy science to promote it’s own product is not surprising, the author of this article goes even further…to remind us of the things that we were once (or still are) being told about product safety:

– Nicotine is not addictive.
– Fat-free foods won’t make you fat.
– Margarine is healthier than butter.
– Eggs cause high cholesterol.
– Vioxx is perfectly safe.
– Monosodium glutamate is safe for infants.
– Everyone should drink fluoride to have healthy teeth.
– Thalidomide harms no one.
– High fructose corn syrup doesn’t cause obesity.
– Tens of millions of children need to be on Ritalin.
– Food coloring chemicals are safe for children to consume in unlimited quantities.
– Pesticides are not harmful to humans.

Good stuff…

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  1. We should impose specific fees on food and pharmaceutical manufacturers to replace privately funded studies. The fees would go into a public fund, and all safety studies would come out of public funding. All safety studies should be done in pairs, at least, to ensure two or more completely unrelated independent labs performing them. One way or another we need to stop giving credibility to the studies funded by those with vested interests.

  2. Hi Greg. So many of these chemicals cause adverse reactions in people. Our friend who just had a baby went 9 months trying not to eat any of these colored food dyes, it was pretty hard to do. Thanks for the tip on the red stuff!

  3. Personally, I don’t want to eat it, but I’m not saying we should outlaw it . However I do believe that use in drugs and medicines should be outlawed. We could do just fine avoiding the stuff, but what are you supposed to do when you kid is sick and you get a prescription medicine that has red40 in it? We would take a deep breath and try to make it through the week. In four days the infection would be kicked, and she would be coming undone at the seams from dosing red40 all week. Nobody should have to find themselves in that position when there are plenty of benign things out there to make medicine red – try beet juice and spare us the chemistry experiment.

  4. For that matter, why does it have to be red? Why color anything medicine related, never mind food related. That much have been hard for you guys.

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