CHO warns anew vs magic sugar PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 January 2011 16:30

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos has warned anew the public against using neotogen (Sodium Cyclamate), an artificial sweetener commonly known as magic sugar, as it was found to be cancerous.

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 sweeter.

Dr. Agbulos issued the warning after elements of the Philippine Coast Guard had confiscated one carton of magic sugar onboard MV Trishia Kerstin 1 while docked at the local wharf shortly before departing fro Lamitan, Basilan last December 18, 2010.  

Subsequently, the Philippine Coast Guard headed by Capt. Perfecto S. Eden turned over the confiscated item to Dr. Agbulos at the CHO Compound, Pettit Barracks, this city.

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 (causes cancer) in animals.

The Department of Health (DOH) also considers the same as “dangerous” as the artificial substance was found to be cancerous.

An FDA report showed that the artificial sweeter 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 also said that the magic sugar smuggled from Indonesia 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. -- Vic Larato