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Published on February 27th, 2013 | by -swansong-

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Flavored Milk:Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity

In this article we discuss a recent paper from the FDA (Flavored Milk:Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity) calling for comments on proposed legislation to allow the unlabeled addition of artificial sweeteners in milk products.

Flavored Milk; Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk and 17 Additional Dairy Products

SUMMARY: “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition requesting that the Agency amend the standard of identity for milk and 17 other dairy products to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient. FDA is issuing this notice to request comments, data, and information about the issues presented in the petition.”

To re-summarize the above summarization, the IDFA and the NMFP, at the behest of their evil overlords in the poisonous chemicals industry, are suggesting a way for them to save gobs of money while happily poisoning children.

That’s just my opinion, of course. Industry officials see it somewhat differently.

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.

Oh my goodness! Did you just get that same warm, fuzzy feeling I did? Actually, I think that might be my aspartame-laden soda causing hair to grow on the inside of my body. Try shaving that.

The irony in this line of reasoning from industry is that there have been reports linking Aspartame to increased rates of obesity. The theory goes that Aspartame tricks the body into thinking that it’s getting fewer calories than it actually is. Eat enough products with Aspartame and when you do eat something with a natural sweetener the body is inclined to ingest more of it.

As Mike, at NaturalNews says…

This result is rather obvious, come to think of it: I don’t recall ever seeing a thin person buying a twelve-pack of diet Pepsi at the grocery store.

Touche’

Seriously though, as it stands now flavored milk can only be sweetened with what the FDA calls “nutritive sweeteners” (sweeteners with calories). The proposal from industry would allow for non-nutritive sweeteners, many containing Aspartame, to be added to milk without any changes to the labeling.

IDFA and NMPF request their proposed amendments to the milk
standard of identity to 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.

Bad enough that they want to add this non-nutritive, chemically suspect, internal hair-growing crap to more products our children consume but they want to do it without having to let anyone know it’s there.

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.

So, my apparent bias aside, are artificial sweeteners as bad as all that? I mean, they don’t have any calories so we’ll all be thin, pretty and happy, right? Well, as always, a good place to start when looking into issues of health, food and the earth is with the good folks at NaturalNews.

Aspartame danger – urgent warning about tumors and seizures

After more than 8,000 complaints on Nutrasweet side effects, a list of symptoms attributed to aspartame from complaints submitted to the FDA was made public. This list included among others: hallucinations, diarrhea, seizures, depression, migraine, fatigue and insomnia. Aspartame has also been linked to tumors, cancer and infertility.

If that didn’t knot-up your knickers, NaturalNews goes on to say…

Over the years, aspartame has been found to create holes in brain tissue, adversely affect the brain and nerve development in the fetus, cause cancer, migraines, headaches, seizures, convulsions and even retinal damage.

Right about now you might be asking yourself how a product with such alarming potential side effects even made it into 6,000 (yes, you read that right, 6,000) different products on our store shelves. If you guessed governmental and corporate collusion, you’d be correct.

the FDA ordered a grand jury investigation of aspartame studies, but lawyers for the government failed to initiate a legal action against Searle. Time ran out, and the grand jury investigation had to be terminated. Of interest to note was that one of the lawyers for the government, U.S. attorney William Conlon, later joined the law firm representing Searle, the company that originally produced Aspartame.

The FDA is accepting submissions on this proposed change until May 21 2013. If this is the first you’re hearing of the dangers of artificial sweeteners I would ask that you do a little research on the subject and take the time to make your voice heard.

Submission may be made electronically or written at the following addresses.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FDA-2009-P-0147 by any of the following methods:

Electronic Submissions

Submit electronic comments in the following way:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Or the old fashioned way at…

Written Submissions

Submit written submissions in the following ways:
Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper or CD-ROM submissions):
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number for this rulemaking.

If you won’t do it for your kids, do it for these gals and their reputations.

-swansong-

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2 Responses to Flavored Milk:Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity

  1. Julia says:

    The petition is referring to the way the NAME appears on the front label, the ingredients list on the back will still contain the list of artificial sweeteners. The only difference is instead of having to use a modifer on the front label with the name (e.g. “Low Calorie Chocolate Milk”) they can just call it “Chocolate Milk”, without any modifer that references that the sweetener is a low cal version. Just as regular Chocolate Milk does not have to specify in the name “Sweetened Chocolate Milk”, it just displays “Chocolate Milk”.
    The whole thing is no big deal, because the ingredients on the back will still by law include all the sweeteners, whether sugar or aspartame etc.

  2. Pilot says:

    the corruption is omnipresent. but milk isn’t all that good for you anyway, especially chocolate and strawberry. Ewe.

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