It only took about 35 years, but another key moment from the 1970s finally concludes:
Saccharin, an artificial sweetener dubbed a potential cancer-causing agent in the 1980s, has now been officially declared safe.
Without any fanfare, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it was dropping the crystalline powder — widely used in diet soft drinks, chewing gum, juice and toothpaste — from its list of hazardous substances.
“Saccharin is no longer considered a potential hazard to human health,” the EPA said in the announcement.
The sweetener has remained on EPA’s list despite a review that cleared it in the late 1990s by the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Rhonda Weiss and the Rhondettes approve this dramatic news: