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Dairy Industry Wants to Put Aspartame in Milk (and not label it)

11:19 am - 02/25/2013
WASHINGTON (CN) - Dairy industry groups have asked the Food and Drug Administration to be able to put artificial sweeteners in milk, and not change the label, claiming that it is so consumers can "more easily identify its overall nutritional value".
 The Food and Drug Administration is asking for data related to those sweeteners.
 The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) filed a petition in 2009 requesting that the FDA amend its standard of identity for milk.
 The petition asked the agency to allow the use of "any safe and suitable" sweetener for milk and asked to amend the standards of identity for 17 other milk and cream products.
 Those products include sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream, yogurt and eggnog, which the groups say should be allowed to have "safe and suitable" sweeteners.
 The groups request that the FDA "allow optional characterizing flavoring ingredients used in milk (e.g. chocolate flavoring added to milk) to be sweetened with any safe and suitable sweetener - including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame."
 FDA regulations currently only allow milk products to contain "nutritive sweeteners" (those with calories) which the agency generally recognizes as safe.
 The groups say the 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," the FDA wrote in its notice.
 The groups also say they would help with programs that aim to improve nutrition in school meals and argue that the proposed amendments would promote "honesty and fair dealing in the marketplace," the FDA wrote.
 The agency published a notice of the petition on Wednesday requesting comments, data, and information about the proposed amendment to the identity of milk products. The comments are due by May 21.

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Edited to add the actual petition

Comments can be made to the FDA here
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mollywobbles867 25th-Feb-2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Gross. It's so bad for you.
jaded110 26th-Feb-2013 05:44 am (UTC)
Milk has sugar in it already. Aspartame is NOT a natural sweetener.
georgie_georgie 25th-Feb-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
American food is so gross. I know every country does shady stuff with food but the US is at a whole other level with it.
jasonbeast 25th-Feb-2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
Or ... and here's a thought ... don't.

There, problem solved. Next?
moussaka_thief 25th-Feb-2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
wat
shadowwolf1321 25th-Feb-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
Ugh
ebay313 25th-Feb-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
I'm a little confused- are they saying right now that dairy products cannot have zero-calorie artificial sweeteners in them? Because I swear I've seen dairy products with those...

And it doesn't really go into detail about not labeling it- do they mean it wouldn't be included in ingredients at all?

Aspartame gives me migraines so I rely on being able to check ingredients to make sure I'm avoiding it -_-
ayashi 26th-Feb-2013 12:09 am (UTC)
From what I can see from reading the link to federalregister.gov, it looks like it WOULD be labeled in the ingredients but not a part of the name. So where you can assume usually that "light" yogurt might have aspartame or splenda in it, the name of milks containing artificial sweeteners would not necessarily be different from the name of milks that didn't. (So presumably instead of calling it Light Chocolate Milk, they could both just be called Chocolate Milk)

As a part of the questions at the end that they are looking for input on:

If the labels of these products do not bear nutrient content claims, would the inclusion of non-nutritive sweeteners in the ingredient statements provide consumers with sufficient information to distinguish between the two types of products (i.e., sweetened with nutritive versus non-nutritive sweeteners) so that consumers are not misled?


Edited at 2013-02-26 12:10 am (UTC)
can_be_cruel 25th-Feb-2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
That is so fucking disgusting.
crossfire 25th-Feb-2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Do they?

The groups request that the FDA "allow optional characterizing flavoring ingredients used in milk (e.g. chocolate flavoring added to milk) to be sweetened with any safe and suitable sweetener - including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame."
[...]
The groups say the amendments "would promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products."


Sounds to me like they want to use Aspartame as a sweetener in sweetened milk products...not sweeten milk in general.

Am I misreading?'

edited to fix the fact that I can't html today

Edited at 2013-02-25 11:58 pm (UTC)
mschaos 26th-Feb-2013 12:07 am (UTC)
they can add all the crap they want - the fact that they don't want to LABEL that is has aspertame in it is where I find issue with this

I get migraines from the stuff. it flares a friends IBS. if they put something in the food I want to know about it - that is why we have labels in the first place, right?
closetotheflame 25th-Feb-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Is this a real thing? I purposefully avoid any food item that contains artificial sweeteners. I like milk and dairy products. Does not compute. Do not want.
eveofrevolution 25th-Feb-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
Nononononononono please put that shit on the label. Aspartame makes it feel like something is eating its way out of my stomach. Half a can of diet coke and I'm doubled over in pain. Fuck aspartame tbh
dark_puck 26th-Feb-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
"Dairy industry groups have asked the Food and Drug Administration to be able to put artificial sweeteners in milk"

WHY

WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO
miffedplatypus 26th-Feb-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
Wait....are they wanting to make it more unhealthy to claim that it is healthy? o.O
vict0ry_gin 26th-Feb-2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
I think so. But I don't think they realise the lower calorie doesn't always equal healthier, especially where artificial sweeteners are concerned.
ayashi 26th-Feb-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
If they want to start adding fake sugars to flavored milk in order to make it "healthier" then I don't care, but it needs to be LABELED as such. I avoid aspartame, splenda etc for a reason and take care when consuming any "reduced sugar" items because I want to avoid them.

The after taste is also shit and anyone who claims it tastes just like sugar is selling something
layweed 26th-Feb-2013 12:07 am (UTC)
Why does milk need sweetener again?
ediesedgwick 26th-Feb-2013 12:59 am (UTC)
Because there are literally no other foods that provide protein or calcium, so we have to make milk sweet so that kids will drink it!

That's why when I have kids and they hate apples, I'll just let them eat apple pie instead. So they can get those apple nutrients and be healthy.
lisasimpsonfan 26th-Feb-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
No. We need to get rid of sweet milk all together in schools and just offer plain low fat milk or water.
lozbabie 26th-Feb-2013 01:52 am (UTC)
Children shouldn't be drinking low fat milk. They need fat for their growing bodies.
kitanabychoice 26th-Feb-2013 12:09 am (UTC)
NOPE. DNW.
zinnia_rose 26th-Feb-2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Oh hell no. If you want to put that crap in chocolate milk, you had damned well better label it so I can stay far, far away. I HAAAAAATE the taste of artificial sweeteners. They're so bitter and gross. Even "natural" stevia is unbearably bitter to me.
kaymyth 26th-Feb-2013 03:49 am (UTC)
This! None of them taste sweet to me at all, just bitter and nasty.
castalianspring 26th-Feb-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Oh gross, no. Regular milk doesn't need sweetener, and I'm not baking with sweetened condensed milk if it has aspartame in it. That shit gives me a headache.
lord_cellytron 26th-Feb-2013 12:34 am (UTC)
This seems pretty simple to me.

Most "sugar" in drinks nowadays isn't even fucking sugar. It's HFCS. So what everyone is doing is throwing aspartame at the "sugar" monster, expecting that to be better just because it's no-cal. Which one is better?

How about... NEITHER FUCKING ONE.

And enough with the chocolate milk in elementary schools. If you want to encourage better eating habits, have better choices.
shortsweetcynic 26th-Feb-2013 03:08 am (UTC)
If you want to encourage better eating habits, have better choices.

THANK YOU.
anjak_j 26th-Feb-2013 12:39 am (UTC)
That this is even a thing is disgusting.

Also, if I wanted my milk sweet, I'd make it so myself. And regardless of the additional calories, I'd do it with natural sugars not artificial shite like aspartame. Artificial sweeteners are the reason you'll never see a bottle of "diet" or "zero" anything in my fridge.
romp 26th-Feb-2013 03:06 am (UTC)
+1
amyura 26th-Feb-2013 12:50 am (UTC)
OMG, this is sickening.

We're lucky enough to be able to get our milk from a local dairy. Not everyone has that privilege.
sophiaserpentia 26th-Feb-2013 12:55 am (UTC)
Why don't they just put high-fructose corn syrup in it and call it "milk cocktail"?
angelofdeath275 26th-Feb-2013 02:42 am (UTC)
Dairy industry groups have asked the Food and Drug Administration to be able to put artificial sweeteners in milk, and not change the label, claiming that it is so consumers can "more easily identify its overall nutritional value".


in what universe does this make sense
kyra_neko_rei 26th-Feb-2013 04:02 am (UTC)
In one where the corporations run things to the point of being able to buy their own facts and dictate their own reality.
romp 26th-Feb-2013 03:14 am (UTC)
The dairy industry is crafty. A lot of people use those American cheese slices and they're not even cheese!
natyanayaki 26th-Feb-2013 03:50 am (UTC)
Yep.
natyanayaki 26th-Feb-2013 03:56 am (UTC)
The largely powerful dairy industry is doing something shady and shitty? Say it ain't so! Not surprising that the industry (along with the meat industry) that pushed forth legislation that labels individuals using their first amendment rights (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) of 2006) would pull this crap. UGH. Fuck agribusiness corporations, just fuck them.

And I wonder how the former Vice President of Monsanto, it probably depends on how much the dairy industry pays him.
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