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Aspartame Milk?

Posted on: April 24, 2013

Sugar in milk, particularly flavored milks, is a growing concern among parents and school officials. In response to the backlash against sugar, the dairy industry wants to add artificial sweeteners like aspartame to flavored milks without having to label the change blatantly on the front of the package. (Flavored milk-based products are currently allowed to contain artificial sweeteners, the drinks just can’t be referred to as milk.)

So far, the Food and Drug Administration has been flooded with more than 30,000 comments on the issue. “Based on these comments, we’re seeing a fair amount of confusion about what the labeling change would actually mean,” says Mary Poos, PhD, deputy director of FDA’s Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements.

There are all sorts of claims being made about the dairy industry move…here are the facts:

In 2009, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation petitioned the Food and Drug Administration, asking them to remove this restriction, and now that request is open to public comments until May 21, 2013.
The issue at hand is really a labeling one. If FDA allows the change, aspartame and other artificial sweeteners will still have to be listed on the small ingredients label. But critics worry that without meaningful front-of-package labeling, consumers may miss the change and unknowingly be choosing milk with diet soda chemicals.

Source: Rodale

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