February 29, 2000
Subject: Food Safety Files 7: More aspartame horror stories -- Coca Cola Recalls Fresca Soda + Parent Alert on Pedialyte and Augmentin + RATE OF RITALIN USE FOR TODDLERS RAPIDLY RISING IN THE U.S. + Secret report: The protest of the National Soft Drink Association against aspartame unearthed under freedom of information legislation according to the London Times editor + How can corporate dollars be more important than you or me? + Looks like FRITO LAY caved in to industry!
I'm sick and tired of reading such horrors stories as the following about
the deadly effects of aspartame! This is another field of action for those
of us motivated enough to help put an end to this criminal poisoning of
people and innocent children...
Please help pass this around especially to warn as many mothers and fathers
as possible of this threat to their babies with Pedialyte and Augmentin.
And if you have a child on Ritalin - and most likely this has been forced
upon you by the school director under the threat of firing your child from
his/her school as I heard on TV this week! - then carefully look into what
he/she eats and drinks as it is very likely that aspartame is the real
cause of his/her behavioral problems. (See "RATE OF RITALIN USE FOR
TODDLERS RAPIDLY RISING IN THE U.S." below).
And if you drink pop sodas, be aware that aspartame may have been put into
without any mention of it on the label...
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000
From: Betty Martini <Mission-Possible-USA@Altavista.net>
Subject: Personal note
I went ahead and sent you that last article rather than wait for Shoshanna
because the recall on Fresca is dated the 23rd of February. I had to wait
until I could talk to Dr. Bowen before I sent it because I wanted to get
some insight on aspartame being added unlabeled. He had been telling me
about so many people having reactions to regular pop who believed aspartame
had been included.
Plus yesterday when I spoke with all the mothers in Walmart who had used
Pedialyte I was really upset and had to cool down before I started
writing. When they tell you about babies that had died from it, and the
suffering some went through it just really got to me. I picked up one baby
with urticaria (hives) who was so fretful and sick. I asked the mother was
the baby on aspartame and she said she never used it. Then when I
mentioned Pedialyte she said "oh yes, I gave him some today". Most people
don't read labels. Some of the most serious drinks are Crystal lite (being
taken off the market, thank God!) and Diet Kool Aide. When people drink
gallons of this drug in these kind of products they get very
sick. Pedialyte which comes in a large bottle to stop dehydration is
causing a lot of neurotoxin to the tender brains of these babies,
equivalent to an adult drinking gallons of products of the above. And I
shudder to even think of how many babies may have died from these seizures
since we get so many complaints. It brings you to tears to hear the stories.
I did call Pedialyte and tell them to take this poison out of babies
products. I was told, "we have one unflavored version that doesn't contain
the toxin". I said: "Look, just because you market one product without
arsenic doesn't give you the right to market others with arsenic and poison
our children." Then she says: "Well, I'll pass on the message". This
stuff is being advertised all over TV, in babies magazines and physicians
are telling mothers to use it.
All my best,
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000
From: Betty Martini <Mission-Possible-USA@Altavista.net>
Subject: Fwd: Coca Cola Bottling Recalls Fresca Soda. Parent Alert on
Pedialyte and Augmentin. Recent study shows 1.5% of children 2 to 4 years
old using antipsychotic drugs! Aspartame connection discussion.
Feb 24: According to FDA, more than 24,000 cases of Fresca with undeclared
Acesulfame Potassium were distributed in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina,
Tennessee, California and Nevada. This is a Class III recall. Fresca also
contains aspartame. Fountain machines contain no PKU warnings required by
law for phenylketonurics who cannot metabolize phenylalanine. If a baby is
PKU if he survives aspartame at all which triggers birth defects, autism,
ADD, etc., he can be mentally retarded. No warning for pregnant women!
As to Acesulfame K, in Aspartame (NutraSweet) Is It Safe? by H. J. Roberts,
M.D., (Charles Press), page 283/284 it says:
"Acesulfame potassium (or acesulfame K) was approved for use by the FDA as
a safe artificial sweetener in July 1988. it is a derivative of acetoacetic
acid. Unfortunately, several potential problems associated with the use of
acesulfame have been raised. They are based largely on animal studies since
testing on humans remains limited.
* It stimulates insulin secretion in a dose-dependent fashion, thereby
possibly aggravating reactive hypoglycemia ("low blood sugar attacks") * It
apparently produced lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors in the
organs (such as the thymus gland), several forms of leukemia, and chronic
respiratory disease in several rodent studies, even when less-than-maximum
doses were given. Accordingly, the Center for Science in the Public
Interest formally petitioned on August 29, l988 for a stay of approval by
the FDA on August 29, l988 because of "significant doubt" about the safety
of acesulfame potassium."
Aspartame Disease has been declared a world epidemic by H. J. Roberts,
M.D., so Fresca should be avoided at all costs anyway.
(www.sunsentpress.com). A river of information on aspartame can be accessed
RATE OF RITALIN USE FOR TODDLERS RAPIDLY RISING IN THE U.S.
Aspartame concern relating to children and babies: The Atlanta Journal
Constitution, front page story, on 2/23/2000 reported that "Doctors are
prescribing stimulants such as Ritalin and antidepressants such as Prozac
for preschoolers at rates that appear to be rising rapidly, according to a
study released Tuesday. The study covering children ages 2 to 4 in three
large health systems in different parts of the United States, found the use
of such drugs had doubled or even tripled from l991 to l995. The rapid
increase occurred despite the fact that none of the most commonly used of
these drugs has been approved for children younger than 6 and little
research has been done on the medicines' effects on children so young."
Why would toddlers in this age group be using stimulants, antidepressants
or antipsychotic drugs, as many as 150,000 children documented in l995?
Ralph Walton, M.D., Psychiatrist, Chairman of the Center for Behavioral
Medicine said: "We have known for years that when aspartame is ingested
with a carbohydrate rich meal the usual physiologic increase in tryptophan
is blocked, while brain phenylalanine and tyrosine concentrations are
increased. These changes in amino acid neurotransmitter precursors could, I
believe, alter indoleamine/catechloramine balance, and thus have a profound
effect on mood and cognition. ...depressed mood, anxiety, dizziness, panic
attacks, nausea, irritability, impairment of memory and concentration."
Aspartame is in children's vitamins, chewable and flavored over-the-counter
drugs, prescription RX like Augmentin and flavored Pedialyte and even their
frozen pops. Dr. Miguel Baret of the Dominican Republic reported giving 360
children juice laced with aspartame and said most developed "abnormal
restlessness, lack of concentration, irritability and depression." When he
removed the aspartame he said: "The results were astonishing. Their
symptoms disappeared in 4 to 6 days in ALL of them!" Neurosurgeon Russell
Blaylock, M.D., author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (amazon.com)
says aspartame is a toxin like arsenic and cyanide that causes confusion,
disorientation, autism, seizures, cancer, pancreatic, uterine, ovarian and
Countless calls from parents complain their children are having seizures
and many of the above symptoms while using Pedialyte, I called the company
and demanded they remove it. To date no response. In checking the flavors
today aspartame was in all but one unflavored version. When explained to
parents in the store I was told by one she knew of two babies who had died
of seizures while using Pedialyte. One lady said her sister's baby had had
3 seizures and was using it. Another fretful baby in the store with
urticaria (hives) was also currently using it as well. To make matters
worse pediatricians are prescribing Augmentin, a pediatric antibiotic that
also has aspartame, and then recommending Pedialyte, a double whammy to
these little brains. Aspartame is a seizure trigging drug. A pivotal study
used in approval of aspartame, SC 18862. a 52 week oral toxicity infant
monkey study, resulted in 5 out of 7 monkeys fed aspartame having grand mal
seizures. One died. The FDA report of 92 symptoms triggered by aspartame
lists 4 types of seizures. Be warned. A whole list of pediatric drugs with
aspartame are listed on www.dorway.com
Print out the list for your pediatrician.
Mission Possible International asks if your child has had a reaction to
Pedialyte send us the information. Since aspartame is a drug and not an
additive, if a child uses something like Prozac with an aspartame laced
drink, he is taking one psycho drug on top of another!!!!!
In l996, Dr. David Kessler of the FDA granted blanket approval of the
deadly drug aspartame to be used like sugar. Even the original manufacturer
themselves said aspartame could not be used in everything. (see secret
trade information on www.dorway.com) We are constantly seeing sweeteners
mixed together. In this case with Fresca you have the chemical poison
aspartame mixed with another dangerous sweetener, both triggering tumors in
original studies. We are finding aspartame is unlabeled in some products
and in natural and artificial flavors. We have been swamped with complaints
from consumers saying they had aspartame reactions from regular pop. Is
there aspartame in Classic Coke? As Mrs. S. Allison said: "I was drinking a
Coke and starting having an irregular heart beat. I poured it down the
drain and haven't had a problem since." Aspartame notoriously triggers an
irregular heart rhythm. See Dr. Roberts position paper on cardiac symptoms
and aspartame on www.dorway.com David Briars of McLibel News Network said
years ago before he died he thought they were test marketing certain cities
with aspartame in Classic Coke because he had a full blown aspartame
reaction from drinking one. Likewise, students in California have
complained, and one called Coke and asked. He was then asked what city and
zip code he was in. When he said L.A., Coke hung up on him. One student was
so upset he sent over 140 signatures to Coke, (Josej and received standard
misinformation on aspartame. I wrote and told them to stop sending
propaganda to children to mislead them. I have also received complaints on
Minute Maid Orange Juice from a couple of consumers who react violently to
formaldehyde who said it was like an "aspartame reaction". Rochel Blehr
(Environmental Times ) is one of them.
Today in a personal conversion from Dr. James Bowen over the above matters
"Last summer, at the end of June or early July when regular Coke was
withdrawn across Europe and the Mediterranean and Caribbean, I was poisoned
by it here in the U.S., and came across other men likewise poisoned. The
symptom complex seemed to be significantly different from NutraSweet
poisoning in that the depression associated with aspartame poisoning was
not a prominent issue but the neuroendocrine effects such as impotence and
sexual dysfunction were common to these men. It is my personal opinion that
Sweetener 2000 (Neotame) which was targeted to be marketed by the year 2000
was used rather than aspartame. Subsequent exposure to Tropicanna Orange
Juice and then later the new Milky Way candy bar produced similar symptoms
with full blown recurrence. Even you mentioned to me Monsanto had said to
someone since aspartame has been approved there is no need to get Sweetener
2000 approved because its just another version of aspartame. If the
unbelievable feat of getting aspartame approved was accomplished, I can
understand them feeling they would have the power to put Sweetener 2000 on
the market with or without approval. This seriously challenges the wisdom
on the part of the public in accepting any soft drinks since we obviously
don't know what is going into them and the other chemicals in soft drinks
are not benign. All soft drinks lack any physical sterilization process and
sterilizants called preservatives are added, benzoates and sorbates are the
most common. Benzoates, for example, are in some countries used as
insecticides and, in fact, for a preservative to sufficiently stabilize a
product in these conditions it must, indeed, be an effective insecticide,
bacteroside, fungicide, nemacide and protozoacide at the actual
concentration used in the beverage. This only serves to point out that
these chemicals cannot be harmless to human tissues. Since NutraSweet has
chemically hypersensitized a large portion of our population these
sensitized people will react more violently to other chemical insults."
I consider any manufacturer who would put aspartame, a deadly chemical
poison, in our children's food and drugs absolutely depraved and obscene.
Help us stop them from killing our kids. Help us get aspartame recalled and
adequate labeling of all ingredients that are put in our food!. The FDA is
loyally on the side of Monsanto and has been lying and denying on the issue
of aspartame for years because they are responsible for over-ruling a Board
of Inquiry who said not to approve it in the first place because aspartame
triggered brain tumors in rats. It triggered other tumors as well. They are
guilty of malfeasance. They deny the symptoms and diseases it triggers
while receiving the case histories of these problems daily, and with a
great deal of them on their own FDA report of 92 documented symptoms
triggered by this neurotoxin. www.dorway.com has the FDA's own audit on it,
the Bressler Report, showing aspartame was never proven safe.
Betty Martini, Mission Possible International 770 242-2599
For references to the horrors aspartame triggers in children:
Aspartame and Pregnancy and Small Children, H. J. Roberts, M.D., Testimony
before Congress by Louis Elsas, M.D., Pediatric Professor, Genetics, Emory
University They're Killing our Kids (flyer for Make A Difference Day, 7
doctors testify) Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by Russell Blaylock,
M.D. 505 474-0303 or amazon.com (index under children) All of the above on
www.dorway.com (send an empty email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a map of site)
Other sites: www.sunsentpress.com (H. J. Roberts, M.D.)
www.holisticmed.com aspartame Aspartame Toxicity Center
www.aspartamekills.com Mission Possible National Capital Area
www.presidiotex.com/aspartame Aspartame Support Group Asparspan (in
Spanish) www.NancyMarkle.com (and www.dorway.com/nomarkle.html) For those
having the Nancy Markle post continuing to make world news
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000
Subject: Check This Out
Interesting. Wonder if we could get them to recall their bottles of
"regular" soda which contain undeclared aspartame????
Here's something from HealthScout that Bev Sutton
(email@example.com) asked us to alert you to:
COCA COLA BOTTLING RECALLS FRESCA SODA Reason: Product contains undeclared
acesulfame potassium (a sweetening agent). Distribution: AL, GA, SC, TN, CA
To see the item now, visit HealthScout at
Here's to your health!
From: "Geoff Brewer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2000
Subject: Aspartame - UK Sunday Times 27 Feb 00
Jonathan Leake the Science Editor of the UK's Sunday Times
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk has written today about the US National Soft Drink
Association's position in the early 80's where they opposed the introduction
of aspartame on health grounds. Congratulations to Jonathan and also to
Felicity Mawson who first alerted Jonathan to the situation.
Geoff Brewer (UK)
From: Betty Martini...< Mission-Possible-USA@altavista.net >
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000
Subject: Secret report: The protest of the National Soft Drink Association
against aspartame unearthed under freedom of information legislation
according to the London Times editor.
Britain's best selling sweetener was condemned as dangerous and potentially
toxic in a report compiled by some of the world's biggest soft drinks
manufacturers - who now buy tons of it to add to diet drinks. Coca Cola,
Pepsi and other manufacturers produced the report in the early l980s before
the sweetener aspartame, had been approved for use in America. It warns
that it can affect the workings of the brain, changes behavior and even
encourages users to eat extra carbohydrate, so destroying the point of
using diet drinks.
The documents were unearthed last week under freedom of information
legislation. It follows a decision by researchers at King's College in
London to study suspected links between aspartame intake and brain tumors.
Britons drink more than 9 billion cans or bottles of pop a year, of which
about half contain artificial sweeteners. Aspartame, made by Monsanto and
also marketed under the name NutraSweet, is 200 times sweeter than normal
sugar and is used in many popular low caloric foods and drinks. It has
been declared safe in a number of studies and has been approved for use in
both America and Europe.
There has, however, always been concern at the tendency to break down,
producing methanol, which is both toxic in its own right and which breaks
down further to produce formic acid and formaldehyde, phenylalanine,
another breakdown product of aspartame, is also dangerous to people with
phenyketonuria, a common enzyme deficiency.
The 30 page aspartame report was drawn up under the auspices of America's
National Soft Drink Association (NSDA) whose governing body at the time
included senior Coca Cola and Pepsi executives. It says: "We object to the
approval of aspartame for unrestricted use in soft drinks." It then lists
ways in which aspartame was believed directly to affect brain chemistry,
including the synthesis of vital neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
Other papers obtained with the NSDA documents show the Food and Drug
Administration also had misgivings. Despite this it approved aspartame.
Dick Adamson, of the NSDA, said that in l983, he evaluated the data on
aspartame and posed a number of questions. Once they were answered, it no
longer had concerns about the safety of aspartame in carbonated
drinks. Ben Deutsch, a spokesman for Coca Cola, referred questions to the
End of Report:
This secret report, the protest of the National Soft Drink Association is
on web at www.dorway.com and explains that it was illegal to put aspartame
in carbonated beverages.
"The present record does not contain data which demonstrate that the
use of aspartame in soft drinks will not result in the adulteration
of the beverages under section 402 (a) (3) of the FDC Act, 21 U.S.C. 342
which provides that a food is adulterated if it contains, in whole or
in part, "...a decomposed substance or or if it is otherwise unfit for food."
Indeed, the present record strongly suggests that the rapid degradation
of aspartame in soft drinks and the consequent loss of sweetness
may well result, under certain actual time and temperature conditions, in
products which would be adulterated under section 402. Without data which
demonstrate that aspartame sweetened beverages will not be adulterated
under section 402 (a) (3) , Searle has not met its burden of proof under
section 409 (c) (3) (B) of the FDC Act. 21 U.S.C. 348 (c) (3) (B)."
Aspartame decomposes into a witches brew of toxins, including
diketopiperazine, a tumor agent. In original studies aspartame triggered
brain, mammary, pancreatic, uterine, ovarian and testicular tumors, and
pituitary adenomas, etc. Furthermore, Searle knew it would do it in the
population as well. The secret trade information also on web has
them admitting that they have to consider complete conversion to DKP and
if the FDA found out they couldn't get it approved. The FDA admitted they
knew in the Food Chemical News when FCN published Jennifer Cohen's report
on an experiment with Diet Coke. Robert Cohen's daughter was then 12 years
old and wanted to find out why her diabetic grandmother almost died of
aspartame. She had Winston Laboratory do an analysis of Diet Coke in an
incubator, at room temperature and in the fridge. Winston Lab analysis
showed even in the fridge aspartame had broken down to DKP and
formaldehyde. This report is also on web. Monsanto bought Searle in 1985.
The NSDA also said (Docket No. 82F-0305) "Aspartame is inherently,
markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueous media. In a liquid, such as a
soft drink APM will degrade as a function of temperature and pH. Higher
temperatures and more acidic liquids increase the rate of degradation.
Higher temperatures may also affect the degradation products which are formed."
The Trocho study demonstrated following aspartame ingestion, significant
amounts of formaldehyde accumulate in the tissues. Formaldehyde is known
to bind strongly to proteins and nucleic acids, forming adducts that are
extremely difficult to eliminate through normal metabolic pathways. They
demonstrated that labeled methanol (as formaldehyde) accumulated in high
concentrations in the liver (50%) and in lower, but substantial,
concentrations in the kidney, adipose tissue, brain and retina. Within the
cell, they found large amounts located within the DNA. (Trocho C., Pardo
R, et al. Formaldehyde derived from dietary aspartame binds to tissue
components in vivo. Life Sciences 63: 337-349, l998.
Coke and Pepsi knew all this and yet sent diet pop to the Persian Gulf
where soldiers say it sat in the 120 degree Arabian sun on pallets for as
long as 8 weeks at a time, and they drank them all day. They were drinking
formaldehyde cocktails. It is no wonder the symptoms of Desert Storm
Syndrome are identical to the symptoms of Aspartame Disease now declared a
world epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D. Page S 5508 in the NSDA document
says "Aspartame decomposes extensively in soft drinks under moderate
conditions." These were not moderate conditions. Coke and Pepsi both knew
the gun was loaded! Dick Adamson said NSDA posed a number of questions and
once they were answered they no longer had concerns about the safety of
aspartame. What answer did they give that explained away decomposition into
On 2/26/2000 The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Coke is closing
their New York store, and Vegas world attraction. Aspartame victim Betty
Blythe wrote Chairman of the Board, Summerfield Johnston, Jr. of Coca Cola
about her symptoms and received a reimbursement check for $21.00. On the
back it said: "By acceptance and endorsement of this check the payee
releases and discharges Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Indianapolis from all
liability of whatsoever nature for loss cost, or damage caused by or
arising out of this accident." And its a stamp. Payment for 12 years of
Betty Martini, Mission Possible International 770 242-2599
(for a map send an empty email to email@example.com)
The Sunday Times (London)
February 27 2000
Top sweetener condemned by secret report
Jonathan Leake, Science Editor
BRITAIN'S bestselling sweetener was condemned as dangerous and
potentially toxic in a report compiled by some of the world's biggest
soft drinks manufacturers - who now buy tons of it to add to diet drinks.
Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other manufacturers produced the report in the
early 1980s before the sweetener, aspartame, had been approved for use
in America. It warns that it can affect the workings of the brain,
change behaviour and even en-courage users to eat extra carbohydrate, so
destroying the point of using diet drinks.
The documents were un-earthed last week under freedom of information
legislation. It follows a decision by re-searchers at King's College in
London to study suspected links between aspartame intake and brain tumours.
Britons drink more than 9 billion cans or bottles of pop a year, of
which about half contain artificial sweeteners. Aspartame, made by
Monsanto and also marketed under the name NutraSweet, is 200 times
sweeter than normal sugar and is used in many popular low-calorie foods
and drinks. It has been declared safe in a number of studies and has
been approved for use in both America and Europe.
There has, however, always been concern at its tendency to break down,
producing methanol, which is both toxic in its own right and which
breaks down further to produce formic acid and formaldehyde.
Phenylalanine, another breakdown product of aspartame, is also dangerous
to people with phenylketonuria, a common enzyme deficiency.
The 30-page aspartame report was drawn up under the auspices of
America's National Soft Drinks Association (NSDA), whose governing body
at the time included senior Coca-Cola and Pepsi executives. It says: "We
object to the approval of aspartame for unrestricted use in soft
drinks." It then lists ways in which aspartame was believed directly to
affect brain chemistry, including the synthesis of vital
neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
Other papers obtained with the NSDA documents show the Food and Drug
Administration also had misgivings. Despite this, it approved aspartame.
Dick Adamson, of the NSDA, said that, in l983, it evaluated the data on
aspartame and posed a number of questions. Once they were answered, it
no longer had concerns about the safety of aspartame in carbonated drinks.
Ben Deutsch, a spokesman for Coca-Cola, referred questions to the NSDA.
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000
Subject: Dr. Schwartz wife writes about excitotoxins
Subj: Just for fun. Please pass on.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kathleen Schwartz)
Certain foods can make you sick
Someone call the doctor quick.
Excitotoxins they are named,
Flavor enhancers are to blame.
Sweeteners and colors, too,
Always leave me feeling blue.
MSG and aspartame,
Known to many by negative names,
Make us hyper and make us twitch,
While food companies get rich.
Why must these chemicals be used?
Could the FDA its power abuse?
How can corporate dollars be
More important than you or me?
Industry's eyes are on the goal;
Consumers take a passive role,
Otherwise they fear we might
Turn around and start to fight.
We teach our children "Just say no."
Unfortunately it can't be so.
The authorities say "Make them quiet!
Fill them with pills. Don't fix their diet."
"Safe, Safe," they cry with feigned concern,
While hiding answers we could learn.
Answers to consumer's pleas,
For cures and treatments for disease.
Drug makers look the other way,
They know consumers will still pay
For new, improved, expensive drugs,
While they give a thoughtless shrug.
"Our bottom line we must protect.
The FDA will help direct
People to buy what we say.
They have no choice. Its just that way."
The doctors have their hands tied tight,
Fighting HMO's with all their might.
"Let us treat our patients right.
Let us sleep again at night."
In the end we all will pay,
As sick in bed we all will lay.
Work will have to wait a day.
There will be no school today.
FDA will start to wonder.
Didn't they heed the warning thunder?
Cries of consumers begging for aid,
For understanding and to be saved.
The money game will have to stop.
People must be put on top.
It may appear catastrophic
'Til health is put ahead of profit.
In the end, who will win?
Big businesses or our kin?
Certain foods can make you sick.
Someone call the doctor quick.
This poem was written by Kathleen Schwartz after years of banging her head
against the wall trying to inform people about the dangers of food
additives. While this poem is not endorsed by anyone else, you may find
more informative information about food additives at the following websites:
From: "Cheryl Yank" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000
Subject: Looks like FRITO LAY caved in to industry!
Response from Frito-Lay Consumer Affairs:
I am not certain from this response just what Frito-Lay's policy is. I
have highlighted certain passages of their response in red. It seems to
say that they do not require that their suppliers sell them (bt crops)
bioengineered products, but do feel that genetically modified
ingredients are safe. So it seems that they don't care whether or not
they have ge food in their products. Did they in fact make the
announcement about no genetially engineered corn in their products?
==================BEGIN FORWARDED MESSAGE==================
To: Cheryl Yank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: I say no to genetically engineered food
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 01:47:27 -0600
Thank you for contacting Frito-Lay. We are always pleased when our
consumers take the time to share their thoughts with us.
Now that there is a renewed interest in biotechnology by regulatory
agencies and some consumer concern exists, we did not feel it appropriate to ask
our growers to include bt crops in what they sell us.
Just like other food companies, Frito-Lay relies on and supports the
regulatory agencies charged with safeguarding our food supply when sourcing
ingredients for our products. These agencies continue to report that
modified ingredients are perfectly safe.
Since we are also a large buyer of agricultural commodities, and more
than a quarter of the North American crop is derived from biotechnology, just
like other food companies, we could have biotechnology ingredients in our
Thank you for taking the time to contact Frito-Lay. We hope this
information is helpful.
Frito-Lay Consumer Affairs
To: Consumer Affairs/Frito-Lay/US@Frito-Lay
From: Cheryl Yank <email@example.com>
Subject: I say no to genetically engineered food
Regarding your announcement to no longer use genetically engineered
corn in your products: I applaud your decision. I do NOT want to eat foods
that have been
genetically engineered to act as an insecticide. I don't believe that
engineered food is safe for consumer or environmental health and I
commend the direction you are taking. And finally, it would be a big
disappointment if you cave in to the biotech giants and reverse your decision.
Now you should go certified organic!!
Last minute addition for those interested:
Subject: LAURA LEE E-NEWS: February 28 - March 3, 2000
Lineup for the Week of: February 28 - March 3, 2000
Audio and Chatroom launch at http://www.lauralee.com
Thursday, March 2 (LIVE)
Peter Davenport, Director of the National UFO Reporting Center
Peter will discuss some of the more interesting and dramatic sightings
reported recently to NUFORC, including the following:
--The wedge-shaped object that was pursued by seven police departments
on the morning of January 05, 2000, in western Illinois;
--The peculiar yellow orbs that fly in formation that have been reported
from Florida, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, and, most recently, over Rockford,
--The immense flash of light over northwestern New Mexico on Sunday,
August 15, 1999, that illuminated at least 3,000 square miles, and
perhaps as much at 10,000 square miles, or New Mexico desert as though
it were daylight.
These events, and many more, are posted on the NUFORC website at
ttp://www.ufocenter.com. The program will serve as a bit of a "homecoming"
for Peter, since some of his earliest radio experience was as a guest on the
Laura Lee Program.
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