A Racketeering (RICO) complaint against NutraSweet,the American Diabetes Association and Monsanto was filed in the US District Court for Northern California. The defendants are charged with manufacturing and marketing a deadly neurotoxin unfit for human consumption, while they assured the public that aspartame (also known as NutraSweet/Equal) contaminated products are safe and healthful, even for children and pregnant women.
Aspartame, the neurotoxic artificial sweetener that detractors say causes serious side effects not infrequently ending in death, was put on the market by Donald Rumsfeld "calling in his political chips" rather than by a process of impartial examination of scientific evidence. In fact the approval by Rumsfeld appointee Arthur Hull Hayes overrode the recommendations of the FDA's own scientists, indicating that profit politics and corruption, rather than care for people's health, were determining factors.
Earlier this year, the National Justice League announced three civil actions had been filed in separate California courts against companies such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, Wrigley and others for marketing the toxic substance in their products, but this present action is stepping up the pressure introducing the concept of a criminal conspiracy to knowingly harm consumers' health for profit...
September 15, 2004
Racketeering Charges Filed Against NutraSweet Co., American Diabetes Association, Monsanto & Dr Robert H. Moser for Manufacturing and Marketing Toxic Aspartame
San Francisco, CA:
A RACKETEER INFLUENCED & CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS [RICO] complaint has been filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit, filed by a member of The National Justice League, charges the defendants with manufacturing and marketing a deadly neurotoxin unfit for human consumption, while they assured the pubic that aspartame (also known as NutraSweet/Equal) contaminated products are safe and healthful, even for children and pregnant women. Present Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is mentioned throughout the lawsuit.
As evidence, an explosive affidavit from a former employee of the G.D. Searle Co - the developer of aspartame - was made public at a press conference on Thursday, September 16 in Sacramento, California.
For 16 years, the FDA denied approval of aspartame because of compelling evidence of its contributing to brain tumors and other serious disabilities. Donald Rumsfeld, present Secretary of Defense in the Bush Administration, left President Ford's administration as Chief of Staff to become the CEO of aspartame producer G D Searle Co. in 1981. Shortly after Rumsfeld became the CEO, and the day after President Reagan took office, aspartame was quickly approved by FDA Commissioner Arthur Hayes over the objections of the FDA's Public Board of Inquiry. Hayes had been recently appointed by the Reagan Administration. Shortly after aspartame's approval by the FDA, Hayes joined NutraSweet's public relations firm under a ten year contract at $1,000 a day.
Aspartame/NutraSweet was the product of the G. D. Searle Co. In January 1977, the FDA wrote a 33 page letter to U.S. Justice Department Attorney Sam Skinner: "We request that your office convene a Grand Jury investigation into apparent violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act." Skinner allowed the Statute of Limitations to run.
Three FDA Commissioners and eight other officers and Skinner took jobs in the aspartame industry shortly after it was approved in 1982.
The Food and Drug Administration once listed 92 adverse reactions from 10,000 consumer complaints and sent the list to all inquirers. In 1996 the FDA stopped taking complaints and now denies existence of the report. Seizures, blindness, sexual dysfunction, obesity, testicular, mammary and brain tumors and death, plus dozens of other dread diseases named in the suit arise from the consumption of this neurotoxin.
Defendant Moser, past CEO of NutraSweet, is cited for misrepresenting facts to public and commercial users with full knowledge of the deceptions. The toxin is sold to Bayer, Con Agra Foods, Dannon, Smucker, Kellogg, Wrigley, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods (Crystal Light), Conopco (Slim-Fast), Coke, Pfizer, Wal-Mart and Wyeth (to name a few), who use it in some of their products, including children's vitamins. The National Justice League currently has suits filed against these companies in California courts.
Defendant American Diabetes Association's mission is to care for diabetics. A 35 year ADA member, world famous diabetic specialist H.J.Roberts, M.D., discovered aspartame can precipitate diabetes and reacts harmfully with insulin. ADA rejected his report which was then published in a prestigious medical journal.
The seven count indictment includes charges for violation of California Consumers Legal Remedies Act, Fraud, violations of California Civil Code §1780-1784 and Injunctive Relief: that Defendants be enjoined from future use/sale of aspartame.