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Dairy Industry Wants to Put Aspartame in Milk

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.

by Anonymousreply 3602/26/2013

In 1985 Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame's clouded past, including a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors."

The FDA had actually banned aspartame based on this finding, only to have Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld (currently the Secretary of Defense) vow to "call in his markers," to get it approved.

On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan's inauguration, Searle re-applied to the FDA for approval to use aspartame in food sweetener, and Reagan's new FDA commissioner, Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr., appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry's decision.

It soon became clear that the panel would uphold the ban by a 3-2 decision, but Hull then installed a sixth member on the commission, and the vote became deadlocked. He then personally broke the tie in aspartame's favor. Hull later left the FDA under allegations of impropriety, served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, and then took a position with Burston-Marsteller, the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle. Since that time he has never spoken publicly about aspartame.

by Anonymousreply 102/25/2013

Aspartame, it's a mind-fuck that screws up ones brain-tongue connection.

by Anonymousreply 202/25/2013

Aspartame ruins anything it's put in. I hope they have a giant warning label on all of their products.

by Anonymousreply 302/25/2013

Oh, they can't do this. Aspertame is now in everything, and many of us HATE the taste.

by Anonymousreply 502/25/2013

R4 = shill for Monsanto?

by Anonymousreply 602/25/2013

R4=Donald Rumsfeld

by Anonymousreply 702/25/2013

Aspartame can damage the brain.

by Anonymousreply 802/25/2013

R9, back to your desk at Monsanto and stfu

by Anonymousreply 1102/25/2013

Thanks Donald, Aspartame is a toxin, fact. You can argue all you want about it, the truth will always win.

by Anonymousreply 1202/25/2013


Studies have found a dangerous connection between aspartame consumption and the development of brain tumors. When aspartame breaks down it produces a substance called DKP. As your stomach digests DKP, it produces a chemical that induces the growth of brain tumors.

by Anonymousreply 1302/25/2013


Aspartame consumption is extremely harmful to people with diabetes. It makes it more difficult to control sugar levels and aggravate diabetes-related conditions such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastroparesis. The sweetener also has been known to cause convulsions often mistaken for insulin reactions.

by Anonymousreply 1402/25/2013

The aspartame champion HAS to be that idiot charlie.

by Anonymousreply 1602/25/2013

Psychological Disorders

Emotional and mood disorders have been linked to aspartame. Studies suggest that people with certain emotional problems are more sensitive to aspartame.  High levels of aspartame cause changes in the serotonin levels which can lead to behavioral problems, depression and other emotional disorders. In some cases, the side effects were so dangerous that doctors were forced to put an end to the studies.

by Anonymousreply 1702/25/2013

Hinders Weight Loss

Aspartame can be found in diet sodas and most other diet products. However, research indicates that the sweetener increases your hunger and can actually impede your weight loss. Phenylalanine and aspartic acid can cause spikes in insulin levels and force your body to remove the glucose from your blood stream and store it as fat. Aspartame also inhibits the production of serotonin and prevents your brain from signalling to your body that you are full. This can lead to food cravings and make it more difficult for you to lose weight.

by Anonymousreply 1802/25/2013

The truth is that almost anything including salt and pepper is a poison if taken at the right levels.

The issue here is labeling. It appears that they want to add Aspartame to milk without changing the labels. This is just plain wrong. But then bio engineered food is not required to be labeled as such. In fact, I believe that you cannot label your food as NOT including any bio engineered ingredients.

by Anonymousreply 1902/25/2013

Birth Defects

Aspartame is an excitotoxin or a substance that has the potential to damage or kill cells in the nervous system. The blood-brain barrier is a structure that stops harmful substances from penetrating the brain. The barrier doesn't completely form until a child is one year old, therefore, before a child is born, its nervous system is vulnerable to any dangerous excitotoxins that the mother may consume. Too much exposure to phenylalanine or aspartic acid may cause irreversible brain damage and other serious birth defects.

by Anonymousreply 2002/25/2013

Charlie Loves Monsanto and HFCS.

by Anonymousreply 2102/25/2013

Vision Problems

Methanol, one of Aspartame's components, can damage the retinas and the optic nerves. Aspartame consumption has been connected to eye pain, blurred vision and, in some cases, blindness.

by Anonymousreply 2202/25/2013

Aspartame, bottom line, tastes horribly awful in anything it's put into. Please put a huge label warning us to stay far, far away from the totally wrecked products.

by Anonymousreply 2302/25/2013

Terrible idea

by Anonymousreply 2402/25/2013

Brain Damage and Seizures

Aspartame can change the chemistry of the brain. Formaldehyde, a product of methanol, gathers in certain areas of the brain causing degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and ALS. Aspartame consumption can also trigger seizures in both epileptics and other individuals without a history of epilepsy.

Aspartame may contain fewer calories than sugar, however, the toxic sweetener has the potential to cause serious damage to the nervous system and in the worst case scenarios can be fatal.

by Anonymousreply 2602/25/2013

There are so many alternatives to milk that I enjoy without worrying about artificial sweetners, hormones, bacteria, and animal cruelty. I especially like almond milk.

by Anonymousreply 2702/25/2013

OMG, this is the worst idea ever, and scary?

Why? If you want your milk sweetened, you add Quik or Ovaltine or something. There is NO demand for this.

by Anonymousreply 2802/25/2013

Look at all the reputable sources the idiot listing diseases has put out there for us to check. Oh, wait...

by Anonymousreply 2902/26/2013

Why do you care, R29. You can argue that aspartame is fine and has no serious health consequences. You wouldn't be the only one.

But, why should aspartame be put in milk? Beyond the health concerns, why do it? There is no movement for sweeter milk. There is absolutely no demand.

by Anonymousreply 3002/26/2013

[quote]Look at all the reputable sources the idiot listing diseases has put out there for us to check. Oh, wait...

They very connection between Aspartame and Donald Rumsfeld is sufficient to give all thinking people pause.

by Anonymousreply 3102/26/2013

I'm with r28. Exactly why do they want to do this?

by Anonymousreply 3202/26/2013

R32, they want to use this in FLAVORED milk. For some reason they are avoiding using the word chocolate, I assume this would also include eggnog. Unfortunately, parents are not willing to make their children drink regular milk; so, many children now only drink chocolate milk.

by Anonymousreply 3302/26/2013

But I want it SWEETER!

by Anonymousreply 3402/26/2013

Given that Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar, manufacturers are able to produce their sweet foods and market them as “low calorie” so they can market and appeal to millions of people on “diets.” There is no doubt that the less sugar you have in your diet, the better. But replacing sugar with aspartame is not the solution, and in fact is likely to be even worse for your health.

by Anonymousreply 3502/26/2013

Is there a way to reduce your taste/need for sweets? Other countries desserts usually are not nearly as sweet, or the portions are very small. Eating any fruit actually makes me crave more sugar. Of course artificial sweeteners added to food, like Aspartame, make me gag.

by Anonymousreply 3602/26/2013
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