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House Passes Extension for Sales of Saccharin

May 15, 1985|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The House sent to President Reagan on Tuesday a bill to let consumer sales of saccharin continue for two more years despite evidence linking it to bladder cancer.

By voice vote after little discussion, the House approved the bill extending the special exemption that keeps the sugar substitute from being banned as unsafe. The legislation was approved by the Senate last week.

The Food and Drug Administration in 1977 reported that saccharin increased rates of bladder cancer in rats fed large quantities of the sweetener.

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