Artificial Sweeteners in Milk

Tony5657
By Tony5657 Latest Reply 2013-03-13 18:13:04 -0500
Started 2013-03-01 09:16:56 -0600

I posted the following and the link to the complete article in the DC "News Articles" section, in the top left of your screen.
"In a highly controversial move, the dairy industry wants to market artificially sweetened milk—without any special label to alert consumers. 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.

The reason?? It's a Move to Boost Kid Appeal of Milk Products.
The dairy industry contends that using artificial sweeteners like aspartame as optional ingredients in milk and other dairy foods without any special labeling would “promote more healthy eating” and boost kid appeal. Currently, milk consumption is dropping among both children and adults.
The link http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/a...

Scary …Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX
My motto: Baby calves/all baby mammals need milk.
Adults & Ol' Farts like me don't. LOL :o)


8 replies

Tony5657
Tony5657 2013-03-13 18:13:04 -0500 Report

News Flash about this from Dr. Mercola. Check it out at
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ar...

He even gives a link so you can voice your opinion to the Federal Register.
"The FDA is currently accepting public comments on this petition. You have until May 21st, 2013 to submit your comments, and I urge you to do so right away. You can submit your comments electronically or via regular mail. For instructions, please see the following link to the Federal Register." That link is:
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013...

Please folks, spend a little time protesting this and let's stop this insanity.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX not wanting milk to be anything other than just MILK!!!!!!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-03-01 13:50:48 -0600 Report

Howdy, scary Tony

As a boy growing up on a dairy farm, I drank real, whole, raw milk almost straight from the cow (it was refrigerated). I drank that until I left home in my 20s. It took me a while to get used to this homogenized "white water".

Now this? It IS scary! I learned from the article that even today ingredients like HFCS can legally be added without mention on the label. I would like THAT to change as well! I don't want my future grandchildren to be subjected to hidden HFCS or any other sweetener without notifying consumers of the presence of said sweetening agents in the milk.

And perhaps it is not the taste aspect which may be turning consumers off to milk. It may well be concern about subjecting our children to Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) used to amp up milk production as well as antibiotic drugs used to keep the cows "healthy" and productive.

I have heard of the gov't raiding small dairy farms and prohibiting those who sell raw milk from selling it to interested consumers. That is IMO unconsiconable on the govt's part. As long as the consumer of the raw milk is aware of the health risks from that consumption.

I am wondering if the comment period is over for this. A link to comment to the FDA would be helpful.

I haven't drunk fluid milk for quite a while now. I do eat products made from milk like cottage cheese and the occasional ice cream.

The image of milk as "all natural " and wholesome has been blown for me.

I am not only scared, but am upset by this news!

James

Tony5657
Tony5657 2013-03-02 04:38:56 -0600 Report

James,

I also was a raw milk drinker as a boy & the store bought stuff was like a different beverage. Actually, it was but now it's becoming REALLY different. We could write and possibly be heard, but I fear big money from those selling all the additives speaks louder. Here are the links to the FDA, IDFA & THE NMPF:

http://www.fda.gov/ U.S. Food & Drug Administration

http://www.idfa.org/ International Dairy Foods Association

http://www.nmpf.org/ National Milk Producers Federation

I guess our national slogan should be "Live Better Chemically." :o(

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-03-02 10:47:33 -0600 Report

Kinda like the slogan "Better living through chemistry" by DuPont in the 50s or 60s

Jaynekae
Jaynekae 2013-03-02 12:16:47 -0600 Report

Here in Ohio where I live we have a company called Arps they are a milk company. They don't put any HFCS in their milk. They also don't receive milk from cows with BGH. We have tried other brands of milk but we always come back to Arps. The others have a terrible after taste. We can't stand it. I vote those things stay out of our milk!!!!!!! As far as people buying "raw" milk. Like you said if they know what their doing it isn't anybody elses business.

Tony5657
Tony5657 2013-03-03 04:36:17 -0600 Report

Hey, don't you folks just love this DC site? You meet good drinkin' buddies, milk drinkin' buddies, that is. :o) I found the Arps Dairy web site at:
http://www.arpsdairy.com/Home.aspx A very interesting, well done web site. Too bad I don't live within 60 miles of Defiance, OH. :o( I copied the following paragraph from their web site:

"Arps Dairy distributes its’ products within a 60 mile radius of Defiance. The raw milk supply comes from 16 local, independent and family owned dairy farms, all within 30 miles of Defiance. Using local dairy farms ensures our milk reaches the consumer quicker, thus providing the freshest, best product possible. Producers must meet our highest standards, which are stricter than those mandated by state and federal regulators."

So, an idea popped up in my pea sized brain. Buy a used tanker vehicle from a moonshiner, like those used in the old movie "Thunder Road". (see the Wikipedia reference to that 1958 movie at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunder_Road)
Then drive to Defiance, OH, fill 'er up with the good stuff & "high tail it" back to TX with my load before it spoils. LOL

You can watch that old Robert Mitchum classic movie at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U9kMXsoKts :o) It has many bloopers in it but in this production, they did the best they could with the $$ they had.

Sorry, I get a bit long winded this early in the morning…
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

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