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FDA Petition Being Considered: To Redefine 'Milk' & Add Unlabeled Sweeteners to Milk

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 01, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Article Link: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/artificial-sweeteners-milk

According to the article I just read:

"In a petition filed with the FDA, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) seek to change the definition of ???milk??? so that chemical sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose can be used as optional ingredients not listed on the product label.

If the petition???originally filed in 2009 and now under consideration by the FDA???is successful, these hidden additives could also be included in 17 other dairy products???including whipping cream, low-fat and non-fat yogurt, eggnog, sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, and half-and-half???without requiring any special labeling."

What is everyone's opinion of this petition? What are your concerns?

My concern is that if this petition is approved, it will have a snowball influence in the food industry. Wherein, other petitions will surface not requiring all the ingredients to be labeled on other products.

Not to mention, what if someone is allergic to the unlisted ingredients, but ultimately, due to this petition, has no idea he/she is consuming the allergen.

EDIT:

Here is a link to the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavored-milk-petition-to-amend-the-standard-of-identity-for-milk-and-17-additional-dairy-products

And Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FDA-2009-P-0147

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 01, 2013
at 08:33 PM

You are misinterpreting their wording, it would still be listed on the ingredients.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 01, 2013
at 07:13 PM

Yea I mean my understanding is that they wouldn't be able to call milk milk if they added aspartame for example. So they want to make it so that they can call it milk without any special labeling and still add junk ingredients. The ingredients would still have to be labelled there could just be more than milk in milk basically. Which is still kinda messed up since most kids aren't going to be reading nutrition labels but it's very different than doing all that and not listing the ingredients.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 01, 2013
at 06:29 PM

Agreed, they can't put something in there and just not label it.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 01, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Too bad it's the FDA and not congress considering this, I'd call my representative over an issue like this.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on March 01, 2013
at 05:27 PM

It's unfortunate. The more the industry and schools keep this up, the more the children and individuals in general will lose the taste for healthy food. Sweeteners and additives are addictive. This petition will only make the circumstances worse.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on March 01, 2013
at 05:00 PM

Money. Like they mentioned in the article, children are drinking less milk. It's all about money. The sweeter the milk, the more enticing it will be for people to drink it. I'm worried that it will open pandora's box, and other companies/groups will petition for their foods to contain unlabeled ingredients.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 01, 2013
at 06:04 PM

You are misinterpreting their wording, it would still be listed on the ingredients. http://m.nbcnews.com/business/chocolate-milk-fight-industry-asks-fda-ease-fake-sweetener-rules-1C8621251

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 01, 2013
at 07:13 PM

Yea I mean my understanding is that they wouldn't be able to call milk milk if they added aspartame for example. So they want to make it so that they can call it milk without any special labeling and still add junk ingredients. The ingredients would still have to be labelled there could just be more than milk in milk basically. Which is still kinda messed up since most kids aren't going to be reading nutrition labels but it's very different than doing all that and not listing the ingredients.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 01, 2013
at 06:29 PM

Agreed, they can't put something in there and just not label it.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on March 01, 2013
at 08:45 PM

Not to mention the people with phenylketonuria (pku) who can die if they drink aspartame. I'm sure they are amazing label checkers, but who would think to check the label of "milk?"

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on March 01, 2013
at 04:45 PM

It is almost to be expected that processed foods such as eggnog, condensed milk, and low-fat yogurt are going to have crap added to them. Why the heck can't they just leave whole foods, such as milk (and salmon for that matter), alone? All it does for me is lessen my confidence in our food supply.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on March 01, 2013
at 05:00 PM

Money. Like they mentioned in the article, children are drinking less milk. It's all about money. The sweeter the milk, the more enticing it will be for people to drink it. I'm worried that it will open pandora's box, and other companies/groups will petition for their foods to contain unlabeled ingredients.

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E69e36bda05a2a83b934d3a80625e358

on March 01, 2013
at 07:05 PM

I'm not sure they're trying to "sneak" it in, exactly ??? sounds like they're just arguing about where the labeling occurs. They still have to list everything on the ingredients label. What they're saying is that they don't want to have to say "Reduced Calorie" etc. as part of the NAME of the product. They want kids to consume less sugar (while drinking more milk, of course), and they think kids won't want the "diet" chocolate milk. In my opinion nobody should be drinking animal milk in the first place, let alone sweetened and flavored milk. But if they do, they should at least be allowed to be clear what they're getting, without having to search the entire label for clues in the small print. Bottom line: honest labeling = good. And it's creepy to try to trick kids into drinking aspartame sweetened chocolate-flavored milk product.

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6d99825c84f631799783827341e57bc6

on March 01, 2013
at 05:23 PM

In Raleigh, NC the milk the schools serve has slowly changed from white milk to "vanilla" milk (as well as chocolate and strawberry) over the last few years. Not every school has done this, but the two my wife has worked at has.

The kids who get the free/reduced lunch were throwing the normal milk away. Not surprisingly, more (sweet) milk is now being consumed.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on March 01, 2013
at 05:27 PM

It's unfortunate. The more the industry and schools keep this up, the more the children and individuals in general will lose the taste for healthy food. Sweeteners and additives are addictive. This petition will only make the circumstances worse.

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78f9b04150d30b86e76619e5df8759ae

on March 18, 2013
at 06:41 PM

All ingredients should always be listed on packaging, period.

The fact that the industry is trying to redefine milk is a clear sign that they will use any passed law to their advantage. Even though NBC stated that the industry says they will still continue to list all ingredients, the truth is that if this petition passes then they will no longer be held by law to list the sweeteners.

The petition asks for ???safe and suitable??? sweeteners to be included in the definition of milk, which is dangerously vague. Vioxx used to be considered ???safe and suitable??? as an anti-inflammatory drug and we all know how that ended. How much testing has been done and is being suppressed on sweeteners already on the market?

The other concern with adding sweeteners to milk is that sweeteners have been scientifically proven to increase appetite. The petition states a concern for obesity, but adding sweeteners will only increase obesity through stimulating the appetite further. See http://www.janethull.com/newsletter/0408/science_shows_diet_sweeteners_increase_hunger.php for more information or do your own research.

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