Zambo health office warns vs use of ‘magic sugar’

THE city health office here warned the public anew against using Neotogen (sodium cyclamate), an artificial sweetener commonly known as “magic sugar,” as it was found to be carcinogenic.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos issued the warning after operatives of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)recently confiscated one carton of magic sugar on board M/V Trishia Kerstin 1 while docked at the local wharf shortly before departing for Lamitan, Basilan.

The Zamboanga Coast Guard Station headed by Lieutenant Commander Perfecto Eden turned over the confiscated artificial sweeteners to the office of Agbulos.

Agbulos said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), formerly known as the Bureau of Food and Drugs, banned the use of magic sugar or neotogen in its Advisory No. 00-05 in August 2000, citing the product’s evidence of carcinogenicity (causing cancer) in animals.

The Department of Health (DOH) also considers the artificial substance as “dangerous.”

An FDA report showed that the artificial sweetener was widely used by street food vendors, mostly in school areas.

It contains sodium cyclamate, a substance unfit for human consumption and banned in most countries.

The report added the magic sugar may increase the incidence of urinary bladder cancer among other health hazards.

“If you take too much of it, it can produce body affection like dizziness, vomiting, stomach ache, etc.,” the report said.

As this developed, Mayor Celso Lobregat has instructed the City Health Office to closely coordinate with all other law enforcement agencies in the campaign against the artificial sweetener. PNA

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