U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream


Monday, February 25, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) You probably already know that the FDA has declared war on raw  milk and even helped fund and coordinate armed  government raids against raw milk farmers and distributors. Yes, it’s  insane. This brand of tyranny is unique to the USA and isn’t even conducted in  China, North Kora or Cuba. Only in the USA are raw milk farmers treated like  terrorists.
But now the situation is getting even more insane than you  could have imagined: the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the  National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed  a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of  “milk” to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and  sucralose.
Importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the  label. They will simply be swept under the definition of “milk,” so that when a  company lists “milk” on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or  sucralose. And if you’re trying to avoid aspartame, you’ll have no way of  doing so because it won’t be listed on the label.
This isn’t only for  milk, either: It’s also for yogurt, cream, sour cream, eggnog, whipping cream  and a total of 17 products, all of which are listed  in the petition at FDA.gov.
As the petition states:
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.
This is all being done to “save the children,” we’re told,  because the use of aspartame in milk products would reduce calories.

Milk industry specifically asks to HIDE aspartame from  consumers

Astonishingly, the dairy industry is engaged in extreme  doublespeak logic and actually arguing that aspartame should be hidden from  consumers by not listing it on the label. Here’s what the petition  says:
IDFA and NMPF argue that nutrient content claims such as  “reduced calorie” are not attractive to children, and maintain that consumers  can more easily identify the overall nutritional value of milk products that are  flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners if the labels do not include such claims.  Further, the petitioners assert that consumers do not recognize milk —  including flavored milk — as necessarily containing sugar. 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.”
In other words, hiding aspartame  from consumers by not including it on the label actually helps consumers,  according to the IDFA and NMPF!
Yep, consumers are best served by keeping  them ignorant. If this logic smacks of the same kind of twisted deception  practiced by Monsanto, that’s because it’s identical: the less consumers know,  the more they are helped, according to industry.  And it’s for the children, too, because children are also best served by keeping  them poisoned with aspartame.
Consumers have always been kept in the dark  about pink slime, meat glue, rBGH and GMOs in their food. And now, if the IDFA  gets its way, you’ll be able to drink hormone-contaminated milk from an  antibiotics-inundated cow fed genetically modified crops and producing milk  containing hidden aspartame. And you won’t have the right to know about  any of this!
The FDA confirms this “secret” status of aspartame, stating,  “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.”

FDA requests comments

The FDA is requesting comments on this petition.  You have until May 21st, 2013 to submit your comments. Click  here for instructions.

This is a clue to stop drinking processed milk and milk products  altogether

There’s a bigger story here than just the industry hoping to get  FDA approval to secretly put aspartame in milk products while not listing  aspartame on the label.
The bigger question is this: If an industry is  pushing to hide aspartame in its products, what else is it already  hiding?
How about the pus  content of its dairy products? How about its inhumane treatment of  animals who are subjected to torture conditions and pumped full of genetically  engineered hormones? How about the fact that homogenization and pasteurization  turn a whole food into a dietary nightmare that promotes obesity, autoimmune  disorders and cardiovascular disease?
There are lots of dirty little  secrets in the dairy  industry of course, and that doesn’t even get into the secret closed-door  conversations to encourage the FDA to destroy the competition of raw  milk.
The only rational answer to all this is to stop buying and  consuming processed dairy products, period!
I gave up ALL milk  products many years ago and have never looked back. I drink almond milk, not  pus-filled pasteurized cow’s milk. (Click  here for a recipe to make your own almond milk at home.) I don’t eat yogurt.  If I want probiotics, I get them from tasty chewable probiotics supplements such  as Sunbiotics.  I parted ways with processed dairy products many years ago, and as a result, my  cardiovascular health, skin health, digestive health and stamina have all  remained in outstanding shape.
There’s also a philosophical issue here: Don’t buy products from an industry that habitually LIES about  everything. The dairy industry is like a mafia. They actively seek to  destroy the competition, keep consumers ignorant and monopolize the market. They  run highly deceptive ads with ridiculous claims like, “drinking milk helps you  lose weight” and other nonsense.
The U.S. dairy industry is steeped in  deception at every level, and now they want you and your children to unknowingly drink aspartame that’s secretly blended into the  product.
The dairy industry is to food as Lance Armstrong is to sports.  It’s all a big lie, laced with secret chemicals and false claims.
Stop  drinking milk. Stop financially supporting the food mafia.
Recommended  videos: Raw Milk Rover (hilarious animation) http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=273C2497DFDE9F61CB9E8867113CA5CA
Got  a PUStache? (satire) http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=C463AA940B9AEBA5D294F87FF0716579
Jonathan  Emord raw milk freedom speech: http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=F8DF9A42CC5479D8829A2445C56AFEF3
Farmageddon  interview with Kristin Canty http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=3340FCCC93B2C17EEFA43C7E6296728D
Sources  for this article: This petition was originally brought to our attention  by a reader who says it was covered on Activist Post. I haven’t yet read that  article but may update this article with a link to that article once I identify  the URL.
FDA petition page: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavore…
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/039244_milk_aspartame_FDA_petition.html#ixzz2M0smb033


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