Sweet but guilty

Published: Monday 30 November 1998

A survey on artificially-sweetened products found that some firms in the UK were ignoring legal requirements - that is to state, "with sweeteners" - on the packaging of the product. The survey was conducted by the Food Commission, a body incharge of quality control of food items in the UK. "While we found some companies hide the information in small print against the spirit of the law, we actually found that several companies ignored the law completely," said Tim Lobstein, co-director of the Food Commission.

It is compulsory for the manufacturers to clearly mention that sweeteners have been added to the product under the Sweeteners in Food Regulations, which became a law in 1997. All the products in the survey had been put on the market after that date.

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