Target: Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Require food and beverage companies to label products containing the artificial sweetener neotane.
Neotame is an artificial sweetener manufactured by NutraSweet, the company that brought us aspartame. Neotame is between 7,000 and 13,000 times as sweet as regular sugar so less of it is needed to sweeten food and beverages, reducing production costs. But it also has the same potentially dangerous properties as aspartame. The Food and Drug Administration is not requiring the chemical to be labeled on food and drinks, even organic ones. Demand the FDA require food and drink manufacturers to label products containing neotame.
Neotame is a product created by Monsanto, so consumers should already be suspicious of it. It is similar to aspartame in structure and has the same neurotoxic properties as well. To create it, 3-dimenthyliburtyl, a chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency has listed as hazardous, was added to aspartame. This created a sweeter, and also more toxic, chemical. Aspartame and neotame both contain substances that, when processed by the body, are turned into formaldehyde, a highly toxic poison. They also contain nerve-damaging excitotoxic acids. After neotane was first FDA approved, Feingold.org searched MedLine for studies seeking adverse side effects to neotame. Four results appeared, two of which were not actually studies and two that were a single study conducted by NutraSweet company researchers.
It would be one thing for such a toxic chemical to be used in products made for consumption if people knew it was in them and could therefore avoid it. But the FDA does not require companies to state if the chemical is being used in their products. It is even listed as a USDA certified organic food. Since using this chemical is cost-effective and companies aren’t required to tell consumers it’s in the products they’re buying, the chances of neotame ending up in more and more foods and beverages are frighteningly high.
Consumers have the right to know if they’re putting toxic chemicals into their bodies. The FDA is funded by taxpayers, but it certainly isn’t representing them. Only Monsanto benefits from not requiring neotame to be listed in food and beverages. With more and more discoveries being made about artificial chemicals and flavors having negative health impacts, consumers need to be able to choose whether or not they want to ingest these chemicals. But if nothing is done, neotame will continue to be added to more and more products, and consumers will have no idea. Put a stop to this by demanding the FDA require food and beverage companies to list neotame in their product ingredients.
Dear Food and Drug Administration,
Neotame, the artificial sweetener created by Monsanto, contains substances that are highly poisonous and can cause nerve damage. But not only are you allowing neotame to be used in food and beverages, you are not requiring it be included on product ingredient lists. It’s already ludicrous that you would allow such a toxic chemical to be used in food and beverages, but to keep consumers in the dark about what they put in their bodies is a crime.
It’s no secret that eating natural and organic food is healthier for people and for the planet. Yet you continue to allow companies to produce chemicals that are neither of those things. If you’re going to cater to corrupt corporations like Monsanto, the least you can do is allow consumers to be informed on how they’re affected by this. We demand that you require neotame be in listed in product ingredients.
[Your Name Here]
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