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Saccharin Ban #493134

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 14, 1977
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(Studio) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will allow sale of saccharin as a no prescription drug, but not to be used by mfrs. as food additive.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Donald Kennedy says he's convinced studies show saccharin as cancer hazard. [KENNEDY - FDA (Food and Drug Administration) believes there's difference in use of mfgd. products and in home use.] Representatives of groups opposing ban gather outside to give own views. Claims of diabetic association representatives noted. [Juvenile Diabetes Association spokesperson David CARTER - cites case of his daughter. Says they're not worried about cancer.] Govt. says it's not sure whether saccharin really needed for diabetics or weight watchers. People in stores say they're glad pure saccharin to be left, but don't understand government reasoning with regard to use as food additive.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) Anchor asks what people in supermkts. say about situation.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) People perplexed with regard to present condition and say either sweetener is safe or it isn't. Reporter says people who want diet soda want it badly enough to forget cancer risk.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) Anchor asks if FDA (Food and Drug Administration) backed off due to public and political pressure.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Says Commissioner Kennedy admitted so at press conference
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

Bazell, Robert;
Brinkley, David

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