Target: David Clark, President of Yoplait USA Inc.
Goal: Commend Yoplait for removing aspartame from its products and urge the company to replace artificial sweeteners with natural alternatives
General Mill’s brand, Yoplait, has responded to consumer health concerns by changing the ingredients in its yogurt products. Yoplait has already made important changes to its products by getting rid of rbGH-treated cow’s milk and high-fructose corn syrup from its yogurt, and now Yoplait plans to eliminate the controversial artificial sweetener aspartame from its Yoplait light yogurt, as was requested in another ForceChange petition.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that has received a lot of negative publicity, provoked by consumer concern over its potential health impacts. Namely, aspartame has been linked to the formation of brain tumors. It has also been associated with diabetes, obesity, cancer, and birth defects.
Yoplait is a product brand with a large customer base, and the decision to remove aspartame from Yoplait yogurt will certainly make ripples throughout the food industry. However, it is important to encourage Yoplait to start utilizing a natural sweetener, for example, monk fruit extract or stevia, rather than turn to other artificial sweeteners like sucralose. Thank Yoplait for responding to consumer concerns by removing aspartame from its yogurt and encourage Yoplait to find a natural replacement.
Dear Mr. Clark,
In response to customer concerns over the potential negative health impacts of aspartame, your company recently made the decision to remove the artificial sweetener from its Yoplait yogurt light product. Yoplait has also previously made important changes to its products by removing rbGH-treated cow’s milk and high-fructose corn syrup from its ingredient list. As a consumer food product brand, it is commendable that Yoplait proactively responds to consumer concerns. Yoplait is a very popular product globally, and removing aspartame from its products sets an important example for the rest of food industry to follow.
In looking for a replacement for aspartame, Yoplait should look into using a natural sweetener, such as monk fruit extract or stevia, rather than simply turning to other artificial sweeteners like sucralose. Consumers want your product to be as healthy as possible with no potentially damaging ingredients. Thank you for removing aspartame from Yoplait’s products. Please continue to listen to your customers’ demands for healthy products and use natural sweeteners.
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Original Petition: Make Yogurt a Healthy Choice for Americans