this will come as a shock to anyone who grew up drinking the stuff by the bucket load
I wrote to the PM and the minister for kids peter garat -
I am sorry I am having to write to you, but the parliament web site doesnt have a search facility for the responsible minister, and with this query I really don't know who would be responsible, hopefully it will fall under your ministry.
Cottees cordial was once an Australian institution. Every kid in Australia grew up drinking Cottees cordial and making icey poles out of their cordials.
Schweppes, a British multi-national food conglomerate bought the Cottees brand and has set out to put at risk anyone who uses Cottees cordial.
Schweppes has decreed that the 2 litre bottle and the 750ml bottle of cordial will be replaced by a 1 litre bottle of concentrated cordial. With this change Schweppes/Cottees has got rid of the Australian sugar they used to make their cordial with and replaced it with a Singapore manufactured chemical, sucralose.
Sucralose is another of those massively sweet chemicals that replace sugars, saccharine is another, aspartame another. Saccharine is banned in parts of the world because it causes cancer and allowed in Australi. Ditto for aspartame, it is banned in parts of the world because it causes cancer yet it is available here.
Sucralose hasn't been found to cause cancer yet, but does cause thymus problems and is reported to have caused diabetes problems, exterme bloating of the limbs and gut. Some reports state a shrinking of the thymus by over 40%, the thymus is a gland responsible for part of our immune system.
Yet further scientifgic reports state that sucralose causes enlarged liver and kidneys, atrophy of lymph follicles int he spleen as well as the thymus, reduced growth rate, decreased red blood cell count, hyperplasia of the pelvis (enlargement of the tissuesin thepelvis including the urinary tract and birth canal), aborted pregnancies, diarhhea, decreased fetal weight. It is potentially a very dangerous chemical and the Australian testing was never designed fro the massive use of this chemical in just about every kid in Australia. We have a potential disaster on our hands.
Sucralose is authorised for use in Australia, but the authorisation for use did not contemplate that almost every Australian kid would be exposed to massive doses of the chemical throughout their growth years.
Can you guarantee that sucralose will be safe in the doses expected of Cottees cordial users?
Will you halt the use of sucralose in cordials until further testing is doen to ensure it is totally safe for our children.
Australia has a problem with allowing chemicals to be used, just recently up my way there have been macadamia farmers using legal chemicals which have cause massive genetic defects in fish breeding farms.
Will sucralose turn out to be safe or will we have caused massive damage to our children and grandchildren just so that a pommie multinational can make greater profits?
I urge you to stop the use of sucralose until tests can be done that reflect the massive use expected by children in Australia.
end the message to the politicians - to read about sucralose and what it does have a look at http://www.karlloren.com/Diabetes/p40e.htm
The universe is my eyes and ears. All else is hearsay.