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April 11, 1977

Cyclamate Sweeteners

Author Affiliations

Calorie Control Council Atlanta

JAMA. 1977;237(15):1558. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270420026003

To the Editor.—  The article "Cyclamate Sweeteners" (236:1987, 1976) presented a fairly accurate summary of the US history of the cyclamate controversy. However, it failed to point out that Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Alexander M. Schmidt's decision last year to continue the ban on cyclamate was strictly arbitrary. It further omitted the fact that cyclamate is currently in use in many nations throughout the world and has been exposed to exhaustive tests and data scrutiny and been found safe by scientists from many governments and organizations, including the World Health Organization, Australia, Canada, Finland, West Germany and Switzerland. The Commissioner chose to disregard the scientific evidence and to abandon the well-established basis for the evaluation of safety applied to other foods and food additives in making his decision.I believe, based on the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the safety of cyclamate and the undue hardship the Commissioner's decision has