Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by JD Heyes
As regular readers of NaturalNews are aware, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration doesn’t have our best interests at heart when it comes to setting food and drug policies. Part of the reason for that is because the agency is populated with big government sycophants who believe their mission in life is to control everything you do as it relates to their agency. The other reason is because, as part of the massive federal bureaucracy, the agency is beholden to a president who usually has more than a few political favors to return to top donors once he gets in office.
As an example of the FDA’s war on your food and drug rights, NaturalNews editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reported in February 2013 that not only had the agency essentially declared war on raw milk, even helping to fund and coordinate armed government raids against raw milk farmers and distributors, but FDA officials began entertaining a petition filed by the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation – both lobbying groups for Big Dairy – asking for an alteration of the definition of “milk.”
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Why would they want to do that? So that they could secretly taint it with chemical sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose.
“Importantly,” Adams noted, “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.”
Nice, huh? The fact that the FDA would even entertain such an outrageous proposal tells you everything you need to know about where the agency’s focus lies, and here’s a hint: It’s not with the American consumer.
But it got worse. Adams noted that the petition was not just targeting milk; it also included yogurt, cream, sour cream, eggnog, whipping cream and many others for a total of 17 products all of which are listed in the petition at FDA.gov.
As the petition stated:
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.”
The purpose of this outrageous chicanery? Well, to make milk safer for children – the whole fewer calories with aspartame argument. Never mind all of the nasty unhealthy side effects from the artificial sweetener.
In their petition, the dairy industry engaged in a tremendous amount of doublespeak logic by actually arguing that aspartame should be hidden from consumers by not listing it on the label, if you can believe that. Here’s what said:
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.”
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