ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 21, 1977
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(Studio) American Dental Association protests saccharin ban on basis it will harm dental health. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) official, Dr. Richard Bates, tells House subcommittee saccharin in 1 can of diet soft drink per day could give rat cancer, not necessarily so with humans.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(DC) Effect of ban on diabetics cited; diabetic woman cited as example Many diabetics attend House hearing with regard to ban. [Representative Barbara MIKULSKI - cites public objection to ban based on Canadian study.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) physician says rate tests can be applied to humans. [Dr. Richard BATES - says tests are appropriate.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) acting commissioner Sherwin Gardner says Canadian tests support United States tests and he might have outlawed saccharin without Delaney clause; even so, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has trouble answering 1 question. [Representative James SCHEUER - asks how saccharin can be claimed unsafe, when it's been in use 80 years and there's been no health fallout, according to doctor's records.] [GARDNER - it's not known 1 way or other.] Health groups urge government to save saccharin, but FDA (Food and Drug Administration) says it can't. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) chief council Richard MERRILL - FDA (Food and Drug Administration) not allowed to ask if it's valuable in public or social sense.] Weight Watchers members favor of saccharin cited. Congress will decide if ban will go into effect.
REPORTER: Don Farmer