I wanted to check this story out before posting it but, it looks to be legit. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to get the right to include artificial sweeteners in milk without having to label it as such. Right now, makers of dairy products can include artificial sweeteners in milk, but it must be clearly labeled. If this petition is allowed to go through, sweeteners, regardless of nutritional value, would be allowed to be added and the public wouldn’t be any the wiser.
This is somewhat reminiscent of how pink slime was allowed to be added to meat without having to inform the public. Once the public was truly made aware of it, the was a huge backlash and grocery stores and restaurants were quick to go back to more normal mixtures of meat. It’s my hope that the public gets informed and takes similar steps with this. As parents, my wife and I would have a real problem with aspartame (or any other artificial sweetener) being put in our son’s milk at lunch. So, just because the milk industry wants it to sweeten milk unnecessarily to turn it into something more akin to a soft drink, I don’t believe would should roll the dice just by buying a carton of milk.
The FDA is taking public comments on this issue. If you’d like to post a public comment, you may do so at www.regulations.gov. You will need the Docket number (FDA-2009-P-0147) and the agency (Food and Drug Administration) to submit you comment.