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April 25, 2012
Dear valued SPLENDA® Sweetener consumer :
You may have heard some concerning information about sucralose, the sweetening ingredient SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in the news recently. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you and provide you with important facts about the safety of SPLENDA® Sweetener products.
The statements that have been in the news are from a new study by an Italian research group . This study contradicts the extensive safety evidence that demonstrates that sucralose is safe for all populations, including children and women who are nursing or pregnant.
This safety record is based on more than 110 studies conducted over 20 years and includes rigorous testing to specifically identify any potential link to cancer. Worldwide health and regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Food Safety Authority, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization, have reviewed these studies and confirm that the results show no link between sucralose and any form of cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are among numerous health organizations that support this conclusion.
It‘s important to note that food safety authorities have found previous sweetener research from this Italian laboratory to be unacceptable, partly because it did not follow industry standards essential for assessing safety. Therefore, this new-study on sucralose from this same laboratory must be carefully reviewed by health safety experts to evaluate the credibility of its research methods and conclusions.
Sucralose has been enjoyed safely by millions of people around the world for over 20 years. Combined with a weight management and exercise program, sucralose can be an excellent tool for people seeking a healthy lifestyle.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have. You can visit www.splenda.ca in the frequently asked questions section (FAQ’s), call our Consumer Care Center at 1-800-561-0070 (available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time) or send us an email by clicking here. Please note that we make every effort to respond to email inquiries within 48 hours, however due to a high volume of questions on this topic there may be a delay. Your email is important to us and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to respond as quickly as possible.
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, division of Johnson & Johnson Inc.
The makers of SPLENDA® Sweetener products.