A major milk controversy is brewing in the United States with the FDA currently considering a petition filed by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) which asks the health regulator to allow them to add artificial sweeteners in milk and not display it on the packs.
According to the leaked petition, the two organizations are asking permission to mix sucralose and aspartame in the milk and also to alter the definition of milk so that they can add the artificial sweeteners without displaying it on the label.
AdvertisementThe petition goes on to state that not informing about the additives will help people 'more easily identify [the milk's] overall nutritional value'. The petition also states that accepting the petition 'would promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products.'
The leaking of the petition has sparked an outrage in the country with a number of people expressing their shock that some organizations consider not providing the full details of ingredients as being 'healthy'. Moreover aspartame has been found to be dangerous to some children, especially those who suffer from phnylketonuria (PKU) and not displaying it on the label could lead to potential dangerous consequences.