In its most recent full-page newspaper ads, the Calorie Control Council, which lobbies for the diet soft drinks and food industry, said the majority of American people disapprove of the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] ban on saccharin. A recent major national survey confirms it."
That same survey also shows that 82.7 per cent of those survey don't feel the ban will "create any problems" for them.
In addition 51.1 per cent said that either they didn't really care if saccharin-sweetened products were taken off the market or they were actually glad they would no longer be sold.
And over half of those survey said they weren't going to do a thing about the ban.
The lack of wide-ranging concern, which is reflected in these findings, was reinforced at two days of hearings last week when the public was given an opportunity to express its opinion about the ban before a panel of Food and Drug Administration officals that included commissioner Donal Kennedy. On the first day there was about 125 spectators and witnesses; on the second day about 80 people showed up.
The press releases sent out by the Calorie Control Council announcing the findings of the survey said 80 people showed up.
The press release sent out by the Calorie Control Council annoucing the findins of the survey said 80 per cent of the public thinks FDA banned saccharin without sufficient evidence and 89 per cent think the artificial sweetener is safe.
The press release included the information that 82 per cent of the more than 600 adults who answered the telephone questionnaire feel th government had acted correctly in trying to protect citizens from health hazards.
It also noted that there was some anbivaience in the answers people gave: More than 67 per cent of the respondents said a warning label on the saccharin package was necessary but almost 62 per cent said such a warning would not deter them from buying saccharin products.
The press release did not take note of the fact that most people said they would do nothing to counter the ban. Asked if they would attend the hearings, 74.8 per cent said "not likely." A majority said they would not write their congressmen, though more said they might sign a petition against the ban. Asked how likely they would be to do anything at all about the ban, 53.4 per cent said they wouldnt do anything.
After the two days of hearings, and FDA official commented, "What we seem to have here is a very vocal minority."