Formaldehyde is one of the synthetic sweetener aspartame’s by products, and is an even greater health threat than formaldehyde in imported clothing according to Soil & Health.
“Formaldehyde produced in childrens bodies from the aspartame in Diet drinks, some chewing gum and cereals and many processed foods, is likely to be an even greater health hazard than that in the unregulated clothing market,” according to Soil & Health spokesperson Steffan Browning, “Cancer and many other health issues come from the junk additives that the regulated food industry is allowed to use.”
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs says it is urgently looking into the extent of the imported clothing problem and will soon begin analysing clothing samples. It is looking into whether the allegations are true and if stricter controls are needed at the border.
“However, the same sort of concern should be shown by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority, the Prime Minister, Health and Food Safety Ministers, and the legions of scuttling bureacrats around the formaldehyde being swilled down in the schools and streets of New Zealand in Diet drinks and chewing gum,” said Browning.
The cancer causing, mostly genetically engineered chemical sweetener known as 951, Equal, aspartame and NutraSweet, is found in over 6000 products internationally including ‘Diet’ drinks, effervescent vitamin tablets, chewing gum, and sweets.
Aspartame has been linked to many health symptoms, including those expressed as ADHD, anxiety, depression, irritability, confusion, memory loss, insomnia, dizziness, migraines, cramps, abdominal pain, numbness or tingling of extremities, rashes, chronic fatigue, and personality changes.
“Recently released European Ramazzini Foundation research (1), showed that offspring of rats fed aspartame, developed tumours much earlier than those fed the carcinogen later in life.
Earlier research from the University of Barcelona (2) showed clear evidence that formaldehyde when transformed from aspartame spreads throughout the kidneys, liver, eyes and brain.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington DD has now come out against aspartame and along with 12 prestigious Toxicologists they have asked that the precautionary Delany Clause be invoked and aspartame be removed from the American diet, due to its carcinogenicity. (3)
“Dr. Woodrow Monte Ph.D. retired Professor of Food Science, University of Arizona and early investigator of aspartame, often residing in New Zealand, has said, “Curiosity about the safety of Aspartame need go no further than the indisputable fact that each molecule of the sweetener turns into a molecule of Formaldehyde when metabolized in the human body. Enough said!” (4)
Dr Monte filed the first petition to ban aspartame from use in foods in the United States over 20 years ago, when corrupt political processes introduced the sweetener against the wishes of food safety scientists.
Formaldehyde in food, drink or clothing is dangerous and researchers, Cogliano VJ, Baan RA, Straif K, .(5) make particular mention of garment workers and other industrial users when discussing the cancer causing compound.
“Soil & Health want an immediate removal of aspartame from schools as is happening in other parts of the world where the harm of aspartame is recognised,” said Browning, “and for the hesitant, Soil & Health is also calling as a first step for school boards to pull aspartame from school canteens and vending machines for 60 days to test for behavioural and health improvements in pupils.”
“Should sugar be undesirable, Soil & Health recommends natural alternatives such as stevia, rather than the neurotoxic carcinogenic synthetic sweeteners such as aspartame.”
“Soil & Health has a motto of Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People, and promotes a diet free from synthetic additives.”