Independent analyses of these studies [by Searle, manufacturer of aspartame] ... proves conclusively that aspartame is actually a dangerous, neurotoxic, carcinogenic and highly-addictive drug. ... Rumsfeld was hired as Searle CEO on March 8, 1977 and immediately ... fired many of its high-level managers, replacing them with other politically-connected Washington, D.C., insiders. ... There was [however] no doubt, based upon objective analyses of evidence that had accumulated for over a decade, that aspartame was deathly poisonous to lab animals and caused a statistically significant number of them to develop tumors. ... Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president January 21, 1981. Rumsfeld, while still CEO at Searle, was part of Reagan's transition team. This team hand-picked Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., to be the new FDA commissioner. ... Hayes, left his post at the FDA in November, 1983, amid accusations that he was accepting corporate gifts for political favors. Just before leaving office in scandal, Hayes approved the use of aspartame in beverages. ... Within weeks ... cans of diet sodas and other sweet drinks were on the market ... and [aspartame] is now in an estimated 7,000 to 9,000 commonly-consumed products in at least 100 countries. When Searle was absorbed by Monsanto in 1985, Rumsfeld reportedly received a $12 million bonus. ... Not surprisingly, the same adverse reactions seen in lab animals in the 60s and 70s are now being seen in the general population. ... Rumsfeld became the CEO of Searle to secure political approval for a product that science had proven to be a highly-addictive neurotoxic drug that causes chronic ill health, brain tumors and death.
From laboratory testing of the chemical on rats, researchers have discovered that the drug induces brain tumors. On Sept 30, l980 the Board of Inquiry of the FDA concurred and denied the petition for approval. In l981, the newly appointed FDA Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, ignored the negative ruling and approved aspartame for dry goods. As recorded in the Congressional Record of 1985, then CEO of Searle Laboratories Donald Rumsfeld said that he would call in his markers to get aspartame approved
ASPARTAME LAWSUITS ACCUSE MANY COMPANIES OF POISONING THE PUBLIC