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A respectful suggestion in an open letter
to the Citizens of New York
SOME New York newspaper writers seem to get all
"het up" and take exception to any publicity being
given to Saccharin at this time when the whole country
is feeling the shortage of sugar. These writers refer to
Saccharin as a "poison" and a "drug," and the fact that
it has no food value. If they would be disposed to develop
the real facts they would'find that a great body of most
eminent scientists, known as the Referee Board of Con?
sulting Scientific Experts?and which body of scientists
were appointed by the United States Government?had
reported after a full and thorough investigation that "the
use of Saccharin in foods in quantities that might consti?
tute a menace to health is improbable."
Saccharin is no more a drug than sugar; both are
used in medicine. Saccharin is a chemical compound,
the same as salt is a chemical compound (chloride of
sodium), and both are used for the same,purpose?flavor?
ing of food.
No one claims Saccharin to be a food, nor does it
displace any food; because of its intense sweetness (500
times sweeter than sugar), only a very minute quantity
is needed to give the desired sweet taste.
It is a known fact that Sugar is poison to many
Saccharin has been used in constantly increasing
quantities during the past thirty-five years and there is
no single case on record of its having done harm; and the
Referee Board confirms this in its report "that small
quantities of Saccharin........ are without deleterious
or poisonous action and are not injurious to health."
In one of your own courts?the Appellate Division
of the Supreme Court of New York?in the r?cent case
of People vsn Excelsior Bottling Works, 171 N. Y. Supp.,
page 733, it was held that soda water sweetened with
i-iooth per cent of Saccharin could not be injurious. The
"The uncontroverted evidence shows that
the use of soda water as a beverage containing
this quantity of Saccharin could not possibly be
injurious to health, and that there is greater
danger of injury to health from consuming too
much sugar than from the consumption of
Saccharin in such a percentage. It also appears
that the use of sugar in any form is injurious to
people suffering from diabetes and some other
diseases, while the use of Saccharin by them to
flavor food and render it palatable is prescribed
by medical authorities."
Do New York's well-informed writers know that
sugar was discovered about the year 714 and for about
800 years was considered more or less as an article of
Do they realize that because of the harmlessness of
Saccharin it can be a great boon in the present crisis of
short sugar supply?
Do they know that our Government permits the use
of Saccharin in foods intended for invalids, and, there?
fore, Saccharin is not considered harmfuf for them?
Do they know that Saccharin is used as a sweetening
agent in all civilized countries except the United States
in place of, or as an auxiliary to, sugar?
Do? they know that enough Saccharin is available in
this country for use in foods and beverages, in which the
added food value of sugar is not desired, to release not
less than one hundred million pounds of sugar ior uses
where sugar's food value is necessary?
Do they know that the use of such quantity of
Saccharin would reduce the high cost of living not less
than eleven million dollars annually in the one item of
Press dispatches announce that the U. S. Department
of Agriculture holds, "Saccharin is a harmful drug, the
use of which is deleterious to health." We have answered
this in the foregoing. If the Government will seize a food
product sweetened with Saccharin which has been
shipped in Interstate Commerce, the quality of which
comes within the provisions of the Pure Food Law, and
makes the seizure because it is sweetened with Saccharin,
and will immediately prosecute the shipper, we will
donate $1,000.00 to any charitable institution the National
Chamber of Commerce may direct.
We have been urging the officials of the Government
for over seven years to bring a case in court to test the
question, but the issue has been sidestepped. Why?
Saccharin can be used in the household and can be
had in the form of tablets, each tablet having equal
strength of one lump or teaspoonful of sugar. Two
boxes?200 tablets?costing 15 cents, have the sweeten?
ing power of more than three pounds of sugar.
The use of Saccharin should be encouraged, and not
frowned upon?particularly at this time.
77ie World's Largest
Manufacturers of Saccharin
JOHN F. QUEENY, Chai man of the Boa~d
Monsanto Chemical Wo. ks, St. Louis and New York