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Special Assignment (Food Additives) #89603

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 23, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Current controversy over safety of continued use of food additives for preservation and visual appeal and lack of federal regulations governing advertisement of such food prods. examined; several exs. given. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) spokesperson Sanford MILLER - believes current ad approach is deceptive.] [Consumer advocate Michael JACOBSON - accuses industry of defrauding public; explains.] Reagan administration,under pressure of industry lobbying, noted halting FDA (Food and Drug Administration) efforts to develop stricter regulations. Health risks linked with carcinogenic food dyes and preservatives such as sulfites discussed. [Sulfite victim's husband Bob VALLONE - recalls wife's reaction to food with sulfite on it.] Extent of Jo Vallone's brain damage from experience noted. [Dr. Ron SIMON - explains inability of asthmatics to avoid food with sulfites on it and Potential health risks as result.] No. known deaths associated with sulfites mentioned; FDA reported knowing of dangers of sulfites for 8 years but has chosen not to act. [JACOBSON - questions number deaths necessary before FDA (Food and Drug Administration) acts on problem.] [MILLER - responds.] Current status of congress battle over new FDA (Food and Drug Administration) rule described.
REPORTER: George Strait

Jennings, Peter;
Strait, George

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