FDA allows local sale of ‘magic sugar’

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted the ban on the importation, distribution and sale of “magic sugar” in the country but will strictly require traders and distributors to secure an authorization from the agency and properly label their products.

In an advisory issued Monday, the FDA said it was allowing the use of “magic sugar” in the country, in effect revoking BFAD Advisory No. 2000-05 prohibiting the sale, importation and distribution of the product.

“All importers, traders and distributors are ordered to apply for market authorization from the FDA to ensure the proper labeling and safe use of the product,” read the advisory signed by FDA Acting Director Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go.

“Magic sugar” is an artificial noncaloric sweetening agent also known as sodium cyclamate or calcium cyclamate. It is marketed in several countries despite studies showing its use can cause urinary bladder tumors.

The FDA said its decision to allow “magic sugar” to be sold in the country was based on Codex Standard 192-1995 on Additives Permitted for Use under Specified Conditions in Certain Food Categories or Individual Food Items and Other Provisions of Codex General Standard for Food Additives.

It further stated that prior to the advisory, “magic sugar” was approved for use in more than 100 countries, including Canada, Australia and European nations.

“Several reviews made by the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization Joint Expert Committee on Additives and European Food Safety Authority showed that in these countries, there had been no safety concerns among its millions of consumers,” said the FDA.

Such findings, among others, led to the adoption of the cyclamate as food additive by the Codex Alimentarius Committee, which was established by the FAO and WHO in 1963 to develop uniform international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect consumers health and guarantee fair practices in international food trade.

“The maximum level of magic sugar in food is contained in the GSFA,” said the FDA, adding that all food processors must adhere to the Codex standard and to properly declare the use of artificial sweeteners in product labels.

The agency said FDA food inspectors shall strictly monitor the market to ensure that all “magic sugars” sold and used by food processors have been authorized by the FDA.

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  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    if this cyclamate is cheaper than cane sugar, then the zubiri’s sugar will turn sour.

  • divictes

    How many ‘sa malamig’, dirty ice-cream, halo-halo, shake vendors have read the GSFA?

  • Isko

    “Magic sugar” is an artificial noncaloric sweetening agent also known as
    sodium cyclamate or calcium cyclamate. It is marketed in several
    countries despite studies showing its use can cause urinary bladder
    tumors.” FDA should enforce a guideline that any chemical that poses health risk to consumers should NOT be used as a food ingredient.The principle observed in Food Science is, “When in doubt, throw it out.” Because consumer safety is foremost.

  • anneleia

    They should educate th people on how to use this magic sugar properly.

  • Karabkatab

    Why use magic sugar if one can have our very own muscovado?

  • beardedone

    “Codex Standard 192-1995 on Additives Permitted for Use under Specified Conditions in Certain Food Categories or Individual Food Items and Other Provisions of Codex General Standard for Food Additives”

    Well that’s ok then

  • VeryDisgusted2

    This sweetener is banned in US for it could cause liver damage, bladder cancer, birth mutations and defects, reduce testosterone or shrivel the testes ( search Wikipedia for sodium cyclamate or calcium cyclamate).

    Why is Philippine FDA releasing it here? This FDA guy, Kenneth Hartigan-Go, sounds like a saleman of this sweetener and playing with the health and lives of the people.

    This person should be investigated and if found to be having unholy alliance from the vile suppliers or food manufacturers, he should be imposed with maximum penalty for putting everybody’s health and lives in danger.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Careful, go natural…The cancer, internal organ damage, overweight and diabetes of this modern world is also from man-made chemicals used as artificial substitutes and flavorings.

  • doublecross

    sige ipakain yan sa mga FDA, buwang kayo!

    • kismaytami

      Can’t wait to see the FDA head, DOH secretary and mr. aquino munching tablespoons of magic sugar on national television.

  • Mark

    “artificial noncaloric sweetening agent”

    10 years from now, one scientific study will be saying this magic sugar has a magic to inflict cancer even to a healthy person.

  • Siri

    wow! they warn us against using e-cigarette which is basically the same as a nebulizer yet now they allow the sale of this poisonous “magic sugar”!?!?!?! WTF is wrong with these people!

  • kismaytami

    Malakas siguro ang lobby sa tuwad na daan.

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