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Saccharin Ban #492599

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 14, 1977
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(Studio) Dispute with regard to FDA's ban on saccharin cited.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Ban based on Canadian tests showing some bladder cancers in rats. According to law, called Delaney clause, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) director says he has no choice. [Director Sherwin GARDNER - cites law.] Representative James Martin leads congress drive to change law. [MARTIN - says ban would cause more harm than normal use of saccharin.] Consumer groups, include Ralph Nader's Health Research Group, say they'll fight attempts to change law. [Health Research Group dir. Sidney WOLFE - says Delaney more relevant now than before, due to cancer caused by chemical exposure.] Govt. must decide with regard to question: if something might cause cancer, and people still want to use it, should government step in.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) Anchor asks for main basis of objection.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Opponents of ban claim scientific tests not damaging enough.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) Notes test rats given equivalent of saccharin in 500 soft drinks per day.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Reporter points out rats lifetime is about 2 years and doses have to be more; also that most things that cause cancer in humans also cause cancer in animals.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) Anchor asks if Representative James Delaney still around and his reaction.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Delaney says little, but food lobby almost got him defeated in last election.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) Anchor asks reporter to repeat FDA's part in decision.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had no choice at all.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) Anchor asks if some think wording of law should be changed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Is what some Congmen. want to do.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

Reporter(s):
Bazell, Robert;
Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John
Duration:
00:03:30

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