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Would You Drink Diet Milk?
Got…diet milk? You might be drinking something akin to that soon, now that two prominent dairy organizations have asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permission to include artificial sweeteners in milk.
The original petition, filed in 2009 by the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation, sought to use these ingredients in milk products without specific mention on the front of packages (the sweeteners would be included on ingredient labels). Now, the FDA has opened the petition to public input as the agency weighs the issue.
Already, some milk-based drinks contain artificial sweeteners, but companies are required to disclose those ingredients on the front of product labels. The dairy industry now hopes to avoid those labeling requirements, and add artificial sweeteners to a broader array of products: The petition includes various kinds of milk, whipped cream, sour cream, and condensed milk.
If the petition passes muster, where can you expect to find artificial sweeteners? For the most part, they’ll be added to flavored products like strawberry and chocolate milk, says Jamie Jonker, PhD, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the National Milk Producers Federation. "This is one place where a use of non-nutritive sweetener could allow for lower calorie content and the elimination of high-fructose corn syrup," he says.
According to representatives from the dairy industry, the move could help improve children’s health outcomes and promote weight control. Others, however, suspect that the petition is more about money. "As the pressure on sugar increases, companies want to get in on federal funds for school meals, etc…," says Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the department of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University. "It's an act of desperation. Sales are falling and they are looking for ways to attract more buyers. Sweet does it. But not if it has calories."
Want to have your say? The request is open for public comment until May 21, 2013. Click over to the FDA’s page for directions on how to weigh in on the issue, listed as Docket No: FDA-2009-P-0147.
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