Biospherics to test sweetener without Pfizer

November 26, 1992

Biospherics Inc. of Beltsville said yesterday that it would proceed without Pfizer Inc. to begin testing its low-calorie sweetener, D-tagatose, and that it hoped to market the product overseas within a couple years.

After eight months evaluating the Biospherics product, Pfizer said the test results were encouraging, but that it would not go ahead developing the product as quickly as Biospherics wanted, said Gilbert V. Levin, president of the company.

Biospherics said it had already made enough of the sweetener to begin tests in an industrial toxicology laboratory.

The tests, which the company said it expected to begin Jan. 4, are required to submit a food additive petition to the Food and Drug Administration.

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