A once hazardous substance used as an artificial sweetener is now considered safe for consumption. According to the EPA, Saccharin, is no longer a threat and will be dropped from the agency’s list of substances that may cause cancer. In true government, inefficient, bureaucratic style the decision comes a decade after the sweetener was found to be safe and not a cancer causing threat.

WASHINGTON - MARCH 03:  An aid fills a pitcher with Diet Coke for Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag to drink while he testifies before the House Budget Committee about the proposed FY2010 White House budget on Capitol Hill March 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. According to Orzag, President Barack Obama's new $3.6 trillion budget blueprint will use a combination of new spending and tax increases to erase an economic inequality that has grown over the last 30 years. The blueprint also projects a $1.75 trillion deficit.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Saccharin was a miracle for those battling diabetes or trying to manage their sugar intake but still wanted the benefits of an artificial sweetener. Back in the 1980’s, some thought the sweetener caused cancer and sufficient warnings were always accompanied its purchase.

I remember when I was younger hearing the urban legend that drinking diet colas could give you cancer. This of course came about due to the fact that diet sodas use Saccharin as a sweetener. But fear not, lovers of Saccharin, EPA has ended their battle with Saccharin.

Some have even tried to connect Saccharin with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases. The most famous and notable being cancer. But now by the standards of the EPA, Saccharin is available to consume without the fear of dying.

Like I stated before the sweetener was actually found to be safe in the late 1990’s. For some unknown reason, probably not even known to them, the EPA waited a decade before clearing Saccharin. Thanks for getting right on that.

Final EPA Saccharin report.