The Food and Drug Administration and Department of Health will hold in abeyance the lifting of the ban on the use of magic sugar in the Philippines in response to the request of members of the Visayan bloc in congress, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin announced yesterday.
In effect, magic sugar is still prohibited, she said.
The ban on magic sugar is good news. First it is banned in the US, it is hazardous to health, as it is a chemically-produced sugar, she added.
Twenty-seven Visayan bloc congressmen, including eight from Negros Island, in a letter to Health Secretary Enrique Ona on September 18 urged his department to hold in abeyance the lifting of the ban on the use of sodium cyclamate, or magic sugar.
We believe that such administrative order will have an enormous negative impact on the sugar industry and other stakeholders. Conscientious consultations and discussions should be first conducted before we create any pronouncements, they said.
Among the 27 signatories to the letter are Negros Occidental Representatives Leo Cueva 2 nd District, Alfredo Abelado Benitez 3 rd District, Alejandro Mirasol 5 th District, Mercedes Alvarez 6 th District and Evelio Leonardia Bacolod, and, from Negros Oriental, Manuel Iway 1 st District, George Arnaiz 2 nd District, and Pryde Henry Teves 3 rd District.*CPG