Ceisteanna—Questions . Oral Answers . - Saccharine Control .

Wednesday, 17 May 1978

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 306 No. 8

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Mr. Boland: Information on John Boland  Zoom on John Boland  asked the Minister for Health if he intends to take any steps to control the use and consumption of saccharine.

Minister for Health (Mr. Haughey): Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  : The question of the potential hazards to human health arising from saccharine consumption was referred to the EEC Scientific Committee for Food for their advice in 1977. The committee thought that a ban on the use of saccharine was not warranted but that certain precautions should be taken to inform consumers and to protect vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women.

[1193] Following receipt of the committee's recommendations, the EEC Commission asked on 29 March last that, until such time as Community provisions on saccharine may be elaborated, member states should take the necessary measures to ensure that:— (i) the quantities of saccharine in food are such that the acceptable daily intake will not normally be exceeded; (ii) the use of saccharine in infant foods be prohibited; (iii) that foods containing saccharine are labelled to indicate its presence; and (iv) that saccharine sold in tablet form be so labelled to inform the purchaser of the possible dangers of excessive consumption of saccharine especially in the case of pregnant women and children.

I am consulting the various interests involved prior to my making regulations on the above lines.

Mr. Boland: Information on John Boland  Zoom on John Boland  : Does the Minister intend making the regulations?

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  : Yes.

Mr. Boland: Information on John Boland  Zoom on John Boland  : When?

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  : As soon as these consultations which are proceeding are finished.

Mr. Boland: Information on John Boland  Zoom on John Boland  : Next month?

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  : Yes, possibly.


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