(Health Secrets) The dictionary defines milk as “an opaque white fluid secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young.” Just about everyone on the planet has used this definition their entire lives, but if the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) get their way, the definition of milk will be changed forever. The new definition will include added sweetener — any kind of sweetener including aspartame, sucralose or any other chemical sweetener the producer wants to put in. The added sweetener will not be revealed on the label.
In their petition to the FDA, the dairy associations have requested to “amend the standard identity” for milk to allow the use of “any safe and suitable” sweetener in their produces. The petition also asks the FDA to amend the standards of identity for 17 other dairy products, including heavy cream, whipping cream, sour cream, half-and-half, yogurt, and lowfat dairy products.
Under these new definitions, flavored milks, such as chocolate milk, can also be sweetened with any sweetener, including aspartame and other chemical sweeteners, without disclosure. The rational presented for this is pure altruism — children are more inclined to drink flavored milk products, and by replacing real sugar with artificial chemical sweeteners, the calorie content will be reduced. In fact, the petitioners go so far as to say that the amendments they propose would assist in meeting initiatives aimed at improving the nutrition and health profile of food served in the nation’s schools.
They point out that artificial sweeteners are currently in use only in products labeled as ” reduced calorie”. They claim that the such terms are not attractive to children, and that children would be more attracted to them if the labels did not reveal the fact they were sweetened with chemical sweeteners.
What does all this mean?
If this petition is approved, anything referred to as milk, cream, yogurt, or 14 other commonly consumed dairy products can have aspartame, sucralose of any other chemical sweetener hidden in it. But you won’t know this because it is not going to be revealed anywhere on the product label. If you are tying to avoid chemicals sweeteners, you will have no way of doing so because they will not be labeled.
The approval of such underhanded tactics is what health activists have been upset about since the beginning of the GMO takeover of the food supply. Driven by such corporate giants as Monsanto, the FDA has consistently refused labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms, regardless of the fact that the public is overwhelmingly in favor of them being labeled. Hiding artificial sweeteners in dairy products without revealing them on the label is the same thing as hiding GMOs in our food and not revealing them on the label. And of course, it’s all done under the guise of it being for our best interests, in a kind of Orwellian logic that says hiding the truth from us is for our own good.
Do artificial sweeteners like aspartame actually help anyone consume less calories? The answer has been shown again and again to be NO. Research has found that the use of artificial sweeteners produces weight gain! People who use artificial sweeteners consume 3 times the amount of calories compared to people who do not use artificial sweeteners at all.
Stand up and be heard
The period for open comment on this proposal will end on May 21, 2013. The FDA is soliciting comments particularly in answer to these six questions:
1. The petition states that amending the standard of identity for milk to allow the use of “any safe and suitable” sweetener in optional characterizing flavoring ingredients would promote honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers by creating consistency in the naming of flavored milk products because flavored milk could contain a non-nutritive sweetener without bearing a nutrient content claim, such as “reduced sugar” on its name. Would the proposed amendments promote honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers?
2. If the standard of identity for milk is amended as requested by petitioners, milk manufacturers could use non-nutritive sweeteners in flavored milk without a nutrient content claim in its labeling. Will the inclusion of the non-nutritive sweeteners in the ingredient statement provide consumers with sufficient information to ensure that consumers are not misled regarding the characteristics of the milk they are purchasing?
3. The petition states that flavored milk labels that bear nutrient content claims such as “reduced calorie” are unattractive to children. What, if any, data are available on children’s purchase habits with regard to flavored milks labeled as “reduced calorie flavored milk,” “no sugar added”, “less sugar,” etc?
4. The petition states that if FDA dedicates resources to amending the standard of identity for milk, for purposes of administrative efficiency the Agency should also amend the Additional Dairy Standards because the issues presented are the same with respect to the use of non-nutritive sweeteners. Would amending the Additional Dairy Standards as requested promote honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers? If the labels of these products do not bear nutrient claims, would the inclusion of non-nutritive sweeteners in the ingredient statement provide consumers with sufficient information to distinguish between the types of products (i.e., sweetened with nutritive versus non-nutritive sweeteners) so that consumers are not misled?
5. The petition notes that ice cream if permitted to contain either a nutritive or non-nutritive sweetener without the label bearing a nutrient content claim or otherwise distinguishing the two types of products from one another. Are the considerations underlying FDA amendments to the standard of identity for ice cream applicable to the requested amendments to the standard of identity for milk or the Additional Dairy Standards?
6. If the standard of identity for milk and the Additional Dairy Standards are amended in the manner requested by the petition, what will be the effect on search costs for consumers who would like to determine whether a product contains a nutritive or non–nutritive sweetener?
You may comment on any or all of these questions. You can easily find directions for submitting your comments at
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