Analysis: Splenda lawsuits could bring scrutiny to all sweeteners

02/2/2005 | Bloomberg Businessweek

Both Merisant and the U.S. Sugar Association are suing the makers of Splenda, saying ads claiming the sweetener is made from sugar are misleading. A spokesperson for Splenda parent company Tate & Lyle maintains, "Sucralose is a sugar molecule with three of the hydroxyl groups replaced with chlorine atoms." Because some groups still believe there are health risks associated with all artificial sweeteners, BusinessWeek notes an open trial could lead to another look at the general safety of these products.

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