Hong Kong

Published: Tuesday 30 April 2002

Not So Sweet
More than 70 snacks, drinks and noodles have been removed from shop shelves. These were suspected to contain a possibly carcinogenic artificial sweetener called stevioside, which is extracted from a plant.

According to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, stevioside is not internationally endorsed as a safe artificial sweetener. In the us, it can only be sold as a dietary supplement.

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