flavored milk - just what a growing body doesn't needYou might be wondering what all the fuss is about over the dairy-industry submitting a petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to drop special labeling requirements for chocolate, vanilla and other flavored milks that contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.

Currently, those products must say “reduced calorie” or “less sugar” on the front of the packaging. Otherwise, they can’t be called milk. Can you say aspartame?


Read more from the Wall Street Journal where milk is another beverage to compete with other sweetened beverages. Health is clearly not part of the picture here.

Dairy Industry Tries to Hide Artificial Sweeteners in School Lunches

From Web MD. According to CDR 131.110, milk may contain non-nutritive sweeteners (like aspartame) if the label carries a content claim such as “reduced calorie.” The IDFA and NMPF jointly petitioned the FDA in 2009 to amend the identity for milk and 17 other dairy products to allow the use of “any safe and suitable” sweetener, such as non-nutritive ones, without calling the product out as lower calorie on the front of package.

Living in the Matrix as far as our food supply is something most of us have not given much thought to —  until lately. If you want to have a say in what gets added to your food, you’d do well to start paying attention, asking questions.