Saturday, March 30, 2013

News Feature: Magic Sugar is cancer-causing

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, March 30, 2013-Beware of the use of magic sugar!

The Department of Health warns the public of the proliferation of the use of magic sugar by peddlers of buko juice , gulaman at sago and other juice drinks.

DOH Adminsitrative Order No 103-A prohibits the use of non-nutritive sweeteners in any food or drug intended for general use.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Environmental Health Coordinator Susie San Juan said magic sugar is a sweetener that contains sodium cyclamate and saccharin which are cancer-causing ingredients.

Although magic sugar is banned in the country, there are instances when they are smuggled in and sold here cheaper than sugar. Magic sugar comes in powder form while sugar appear in crystals.

The Regional Inter- Agency Council on Environmental Health (RIACEH) will call all Municipal Sanitary Inspectors and Municipal Health Officers to plan measures to address the problem. (Rebecca Grace S. David)


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