We stumbled across the following information today. Wines which contain saccharin will no longer be required to list it on the label because:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Public Health Service, National Toxicology Program published the 9th Report on Carcinogens. The Report delisted saccharin, which had been
listed in the Report as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” since 1981. The Report explained that saccharin was removed from the list after a review of the carcinogenicity data for saccharin.
The Report concluded:
Saccharin will be removed from the Report on Carcinogens, because the rodent cancer data are not sufficient to meet the current criteria to list this chemical as reasonably anticipated to
be a human carcinogen. This is based on the perception that the observed bladder tumors in rats arise by mechanisms not relevant to humans, and the lack of data in humans suggesting a carcinogenic hazard.