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Description Stevia tablets as sold in health food stores in Germany (EU) in September 2010 (while Stevia is still technically "illegal"). Note the German description reads "Stevia is not a comestible [food] following current European Union regulations", while the French description simply says "Stevia" (which is legally sold as food in France).

The box was sold in the cosmetics / naturopathy section of the market and not near the sweeteners and sugars. The price was very high - 6,50€ (average boxes of sweetener tablets costs less than 1,-€). There were several kinds / varieties by several manufacturers sold, the other types were even more expensive (7,-€ to 11,-€). All of them were declared as "beauty articles", "bath additives" or "natural medicaments" (Stevia is legal in the EU as long it is sold as a medicament or cosmetic additive).

The fact that the packages and boxes were identical in appearance and usage to usual sweeteners (tablets, sugar like crystals or sweetener liquid) makes this entire farce especially ironic. Everybody is fully aware of the fact that the "ban" of Stevia is a nonsensical attempt of suppression, since it was safely consumed and used in the last several hundred years, plus it is legally, safely and widely sold, used and consumed in countries like Japan since 40 years (Coca Cola Japan is using Stevia as sweetener since eons of time, following the pressure by well informed and health conscious Japanese people, but we get the cheap+dangerous, cancer, Parkinson's disease andMorbus Crohn inducing aspartame).
Date 9 September 2010(2010-09-09)
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