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Letter: Dairy doesn't need non-nutritive sweeteners

10:30 AM, May 1, 2013  |  Comments
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Editor: The Milkweed is one of many dairy publications farmers and you can subscribe to. Research news has been printed in it and other dairy magazines like Hoards Dairyman, Dairy Today and Dairy Herd Management for years. Consumers should have access to their information. "Milk does a body good" likely got its start from such articles.

Now the sweetening source of sport refreshing chocolate milk is being challenged.

"The citizen's petition to FDA submitted in 2009 by the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation propose that such 'non-nutritive sweeteners' need not be listed on the label," as reported by The Milkweed, April issue. Go to the website to read headlined articles. Anyone interested in knowing more about what is in food they eat should visit the site monthly.

The monthly paper subscription is packed with information. I do not understand why the dairy industry's two largest Washington, D.C., lobby groups, IDFA and NMPF, would allow "non-nutritive sweeteners" in various dairy products. By the way, Aspartame is already in some yogurt and ice cream products. Interestingly there is also a disclaimer telling the lactose intolerant, "contains milk." Really. There is no warning mentioned on products containing Neotame, that 3-dimethanbutyl is listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as "a most hazardous chemical." As reported also in The Milkweed article.

It is already hard to get away from Aspartame in products we eat, drink or chew. Read the ingredients on your favorite tea, soda or gum.

I see no need for it dairy products when a plant like Stevia is available in agriculture, to make a natural sweetener called Truvia. Even if it is a cost-related subject, I'd sooner have my kids consume natural sugars or sweeteners rather than chemicals.

The Milkweed will provide you with a way to submit comments to the FDA in the article or just go to www.regulations.gov if you are afraid to get the whole story. The deadline is May 21.

Walter Schuette

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