Uses:Not listed in Australia by number until 1992. Banned in 1977 in the US, but reinstated subject to strict labelling stating: "Use of this product may be hazardous to your health, this product contains saccharin which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals".
It interferes with normal blood coagulation, blood sugar levels and digestive function.
Banned in France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Spain. Banned as food additive in Malaysia and Zimbabwe. Banned as a beverage additive in Fiji, Israel, Peru, and Taiwan.
Description: This is the oldest sugar substitute. It was discovered in 1879 and used during the two World Wars to compensate for the shortage of sugar.
The first attempt to ban it came in 1911 when it was branded an ‘adulterant’ and not to be used in foods.
All restrictions were dropped when World War 1 began. Studies carried out during 1972 and 1973 raised concerns when rats fed saccharin developed bladder cancer, these results were dismissed as ‘impurities in the test conditions’.
In 1977 a Canadian study confirmed the original results and the FDA proposed banning saccharin as a sugar substitute for home use.