By Dan Shapley
A Carcinogen Banned In U.S. For Nearly 40 Years, Legal In Many Other Countries
Sodium Cyclamate hasn't been used in a U.S. beverage since 1969, when the Food and Drug Administration outlawed its use as a sweetener after studies showed it could cause cancer. Mexico legalized it just last year, right before Coca Cola launched its Coca Cola Zero beverage south of the border. Recent studies, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, have vindicated the sweetener, at least when it is consumed in low doses. But advocates in Mexico and the U.S. are lobbying Coke to have it removed from the beverage. They wonder: If it isn't good enough for U.S. consumers, how can it be good enough for Mexicans?