Target: Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Force the food industry to clearly label the addition of chemical sweeteners on all dairy packaging.
Two of the most powerful associations in the dairy industry, National Milk Producers Federation and The International Dairy Foods Association, have recently sought permission from the FDA to add unnatural sweeteners to milk as well as sixteen additional dairy items. These dairy industry groups want to add these chemical sweeteners to food products without identifying them on the label in any way.
Aspartame, as well as other sweeteners, have long been linked to serious health issues such as autoimmune disorders, seizures, and strokes. Although complaints linked to the consumption of aspartame are no longer documented by the FDA, but somewhere between 75% to 85% of the last documented complaints were in some way tied to aspartame.
Aside from the known effects that chemical sweeteners have on health, the food industry should have an ethical obligation to display and promote easily accessible information to consumers about what they are putting into their bodies.
Now is the time to speak up and demand that all ingredients, specifically chemical additives, be clearly displayed on all dairy food packaging. A failure to let our voices be heard will surely send the message that the food industry can add whatever they see fit to our foods without clear identification. Stop the dairy industry now by petitioning to the FDA for the clear labeling of all chemical sweeteners on dairy products.
Dear Food and Drug Association,
The recent request by the National Milk Producers Federation and The International Dairy Foods Association to add chemical sweeteners to a wide range of dairy products without labeling the additional ingredients must be rejected. Access to information is a right that cannot be denied, especially when the potential for negative results that are so commonly tied to chemical sweeteners is so great.
If the request is granted, a large number of dairy products with be laced with harmful chemicals that have known detrimental effects on health. Despite the official stance of the FDA on chemical additives, consumers should not be denied the right to know what they are consuming. Labeling laws were designed to empower consumers with the information to make informed decisions about what they are purchasing. Allowing these major players in the dairy industry to blindly add chemical sweeteners without labeling is stripping consumers of their basic right to information regarding a very fundamental necessity to life.
Additionally, significant research has shown the link between chemical sweeteners such as aspartame to a long list of health problems. Endorsing the use of these types of chemicals in food items without transparency is not only a violation of a consumer’s basic rights but it is also the promotion of poor health. As a nation already so indebted in critical health issues, the food industry has an obligation to do its part and properly label food items so that consumers can make conscious decisions about what they are ingesting.
This is a plea for the Food and Drug Administration to enforce the clear labeling of ingredients on all packaging. It is their duty to hold the food industry accountable for what products they sell, and the labeling of ingredients is the first step.
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