The FDA was petitioned by the U.S. dairy industry to redefine milk. It is looking to have the freedom to add ‘non-nutritive sweeteners‘ and who knows what else, to our dairy products without telling us. According to the dairy industry this would be for our own good.
Maybe I’m wrong but wasn’t putting labels on our foods so that we could make informed decisions and know if there were any ingredients in the foods we were eating that we might be allergic to? At least isn’t that what we were told?
Why bother putting ANYTHING on the labels or putting labels on at all if certain items are going to be hidden anyway?
Mike Adams, the author of the article I’m linking to below makes some very strong and harsh claims against the dairy industry’s current practices and I really don’t know how many of those claims are valid. I do know that the link he provides to make comments about ‘non-nutritive sweeteners‘ being added to dairy products without being on the label goes to the FDA’s website. Until May 21, 2013 the FDA is requesting comments and data on the subject. If you would rather go directly to the FDA site and wade through all the legalese that link is: Flavored Milk; Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk and 17 Additional Dairy Products If you want to see what Mr. Adams says: U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream.
If you just want to know what the 17 other dairy items are:
“Acidified milk (§ 131.111),
cultured milk (§ 131.112),
sweetened condensed milk (§ 131.120),
nonfat dry milk (§ 131.125),
nonfat dry milk fortified with vitamins A and D (§ 131.127),
evaporated milk (§ 131.130),
dry cream (§ 131.149),
heavy cream (§ 131.150),
light cream (§ 131.155),
light whipping cream (§ 131.157),
sour cream (§ 131.160),
acidified sour cream (§ 131.162),
eggnog (§ 131.170),
half-and-half (§ 131.180),
yogurt (§ 131.200),
lowfat yogurt (§ 131.203), and
nonfat yogurt (§ 131.206).”