Two powerful dairy organizations, The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), are petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to allow aspartame and other artificial sweeteners to be added to milk and other dairy products without a label.
The FDA currently allows the dairy industry to use “nutritive sweeteners” including sugar and high fructose corn syrup in many of their products. Nutritive sweeteners are defined as sweeteners with calories.
This petition officially seeks to amend the standard of identification for milk, cream, and 17 other dairy products like yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, and others to provide for the use of any “safe and suitable sweetener” on the market.
They claim that aspartame and other artificial sweeteners would promote healthy eating and is good for school children.
According to the FDA notice issued this week:
IDFA and NMPF state that the proposed amendments would promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products. They state that lower-calorie flavored milk would particularly benefit school children who, according to IDFA and NMPF, are more inclined to drink flavored milk than unflavored milk at school.
Although the FDA considers aspartame to be a “safe and suitable” sweetener, a recent Yale University study appears to directly challenge the claim that aspartame would reduce obesity. In fact, the study concluded just the opposite, that artificial sweeteners actually contributed to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
The IDFA and NMPF argue “that the proposed amendments to the milk standard of identity would promote honesty and fair dealing in the marketplace” yet they don’t want changes to the labels on dairy products.
Accordingly, the petitioners state that milk flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners should be labeled as milk without further claims so that consumers can “more easily identify its overall nutritional value.”
It’s unclear how consumers can more easily identify the overall nutritional value of milk products that are flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners without labels.
Quoting Section 130.10 of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, the dairy giants claim a new label is not required because sugar is added to milk without labeling it, and “the modified food is not inferior in performance” and “‘reduced calorie’ (labels) are not attractive to children” so marketing as such is of no benefit or detriment.
The FDA has opened public comments until May 21 for anyone interested to “submit comments, data, and information concerning the need for, and the appropriateness of, amending the standard of identity for milk and the additional dairy standards.”
To submit a formal comment or send data to the FDA concerning adding aspartame and other artificial sweeteners to milk products CLICK HERE.
12 thoughts on “Aspartame in Milk Without a Label? Big Dairy Petitions FDA For Approval”
Aspartame is some nasty stuff. Don`t quote me one this one but if I remember right I am sure that I heard that aspartame turns to wood alcohol in your system when the liver processes it. Any way you look at it artificial sweetners are not good for anybody
My question is “WHY?”
That white stuff is dead anyway. I now drink as little as possible.
A local chain store and some small outlets carry raw milk from a dairy east of Bonners Ferry Idaho. Unfortunately it is $7/gal. We also have an acquaintance that provides us with goat milk. Goat milk does not work for baking as with heating the odor comes out. We no longer guzzle this either.
It appears that all foods are being manipulated to become poisonous to us.
Is the reason to kill us or to perpetuate our need for the pharmaceutical industrial complex?
When we win (and we have no other choice but to win) we must force these elitist to dismantle the machine they have created to enslave us and we must force feed then the same garbage they are forcing on us. First give them a tripple dose of the vaccines they are crippling us with.
I’m not a big breakfast person, so the only time I use milk is on a bowl of cereal in the morning. If they start adding this poison to milk, I’ll definitely have to find an alternative.
Nothing like good old fashioned pure water #1. Yea when I was broke that is what I used on that cereal. I don`t use breakfast cereal any more now though – haven`t for 25 – 30 years but water does work. Remember that those breakfast cereals are probobly gmo grown.
Like just about everything else made with grains these days, digger.
Nearly impossible to avoid anymore.
Yea #1, all this gmo stuff is enough to make me sick. I know that this years garden is going to come from the survival seed vault at the top of FTTWR and if not from there my garden will most likely come from the Amish – seeing as how the Amish are organic as far as I know.
Hey #1 The milk is already toxic,between the BGH(bovine growth hormones) and the antibiotics(80% of antibiotics are used by CAFL(captive animal feed lots) it is not fit for human consumption.Add in some HFCS(its in everything) and its no wonder there are dialysis clinics(liver&kidney failure) cropping up in every strip mall across america that and “prescribed” pills are the reason we are an obese sickly nation
Actually, Steve, I use half & half, which is likely even worse.
But then again, I’ve been taking MSM (NOT MainStreamMedia) for close to 15 years now, to which I attribute my continued good health. It’s a free radical scavenger that constantly flushes all the toxins that the so-called ‘government’ so thoughtfully provides in an effort to kill me.
I love milk and still use maybe a gal.every 2 wks.I just have to block out the sites ive seen at their milkstations,I just miss chugging down a glass of ice cold cow when eating the wifes homemade cookies & other treats and in my starting fluid(maxwell coffee) but it doesnt do anybodies body any good,I have a line on fresh butter but not milk.Maybe one day Ill finally get a milkcow but for now raising one angus for beef a yr is enough.
Unfortunately, I’m limited to grocery stores where I live.
City, city, and more city for miles and miles.
Been there and done that (baltimore &houston) now I am 15 miles from the closest store.