ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 10, 1977
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(Studio) Protest with regard to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ban of saccharin as possible cancer-causing agent noted. Ban based on Canadian findings; FDA (Food and Drug Administration) rule with regard to cancer-causing agents noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(No location given) Delaney amendment requires FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ban of food additives causing cancer; doesn't tell how to test for it. Some scientists feel test animals don't react same way human would. Med. authorities reaction to ban on behalf of obese and diabetic people noted. [New York Hospital coronary care unit director Dr. Stephen SCHEIDT - notes anticipated rise in heart attacks and cardio-vascular deaths due to ban and forced use of sugar.] Solution for obese is controlled diet; for diabetics, no answer yet. American Diabetes Association has called meeting to discuss problem. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officials interviewed by reporter say ruling wrong, but under law there's no choice. Since saccharin came into use nearly 100 years ago, rate of stomach and bladder tumors has remained stable or decrd.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
(Studio) Court battles with regard to ban noted; cntrY.'s only saccharin manufacturer, Sherwin-Williams Company, to shut Cincinnati, Ohio, factory on Friday for inventory. Loss to business as result of ban cited.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(NYC) Case in point is Sweet'n Low Company in Brooklyn, New York. [Executive Vice President Marvin EISENSTADT - says more careful look at ban and its results should be taken.] Ban's effect on diet soft drink business cited. ["Beverage Industry" magazine spokesperson Jesse MEYERS - say 4 of top 10 soft drink sellers in US are sugar-free; 4 are Tab, Sprite, Diet Pepsi and Sugar-Free Seven-Up.] Mfrs. say without saccharin only artificial sweetener is cyclamate, already banned by FDA.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart
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