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Artificial Sweeteners found in Canadian River


Artificial sweeteners found in river water and drinking supplies - latimes.com

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"The scientists found elevated concentrations of four sweeteners - cyclamate, saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame – in water samples collected along the length of the Grand River in Ontario, Canada.

Commonly used in diet drinks, the sweeteners got into the Grand by way of the 30 sewage treatment plants that empty into the river and its tributaries.

Antidepressants, antibiotics, steroids and fragrances are among the products that have been detected in surface waters. Some of the contaminants have been found in fish tissue. Some compounds not only get through sewage plants, they also survive purification of drinking supplies and have been measured in trace amounts in municipal tap water. That was true of the sweeteners, which were detected in samples collected from homes in cities that draw supplies from the Grand, which  empties into Lake Erie."

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