Approve Stevia as a Food Additive in America sign now

Dear Sir:

Please approve stevia as a food additive. Stevia is an herb whose extracts are sweeter than sugar. It is a great vegan option because it is all natural, and no bone char is used in its refinement. It has a history of medicinal and food use in South America for hundreds of years, but the FDA banned it as a food additive, only allowing it to be used as a dietary supplement. They did this because they don't believe that there is sufficient data to say that it's safe, but according to their Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) policy, it should be approved. In 2006 the World Health Organization did human and animal testing and found no safety issues, whereas before, it was speculated to cause a mutagen in the liver of rats. It is not banned as a food additive in South America or Japan.

Whatever the reasons may be for this ban, it would be helpful to all vegans if it were approved as a food additive as well because it is not chemically produced like Splenda or Asparthame, and it is not refined with bone char like cane sugar. People may use it at some risk due to the ambiguity of health issues, but if that risk is open to take as a dietary supplement, it can be open to take as a food additive as well.

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