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TOXIC PROPERTIES OF ASPARTAME

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1517: tabled on 30 January 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 47 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House expresses deep concern over the numerous independent toxicological studies and thousands of subjective reports attesting to the toxic effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame on human health; notes that aspartame, once patented as a biochemical warfare agent, is the synthetically produced methyl ester of a dipeptide which is readily broken down in the gut to release methanol; further notes that in naturally occurring foodstuff methanol is either not released into the body or present together with natural defence mechanisms that mitigate its toxic effects; recognises that methanol is a well known poison and is further converted into formaldehyde, a class A carcinogen according to the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer; accepts that severe health concerns occur from the gradual accumulation of formaldehyde in the body which cannot be excreted and that further research has shown that long term low level exposure to formaldehyde induces leukaemia and nasopharyngeal cancer in humans; acknowledges that of the 166 studies conducted on aspartame's safety deemed relevant to humans, 92 per cent. of independently sponsored studies identified one or more problems with aspartame's safety whereas industry-sponsored studies found unanimously in favour of aspartame's safety; and urges the Government to abide by the precautionary principle and make use of Statutes 13 and 16 of the 1990 Food Safety Act to remove aspartame from the permitted list of additives on the UK market.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 February 2006
Lewes
Banks, Gordon
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Ochil and South Perthshire
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2006
Carshalton and Wallington
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 January 2006
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Brown, Lyn
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
West Ham
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 February 2006
Twickenham
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2006
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Keighley
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Hendon
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2006
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Sunderland North
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 2 February 2006
Bethnal Green and Bow
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 February 2006
St Ives
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Goodwill, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 10 October 2006
Scarborough and Whitby
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 February 2006
North Devon
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 February 2006
Cheltenham
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Chorley
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Tamworth
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 February 2006
Hereford
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2006
Edinburgh North and Leith
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 8 February 2006
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 6 March 2006
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Hayes and Harlington
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2006
Leeds North West
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 March 2006
Montgomeryshire
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 23 March 2006
Croydon Central
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 1 March 2006
Strangford
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 1 February 2006
Upper Bann
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2006
Hazel Grove
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 March 2006
East Dunbartonshire
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 February 2006
Ceredigion
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 February 2006
Bristol West
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 February 2006
Teignbridge

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.