(Article changed on March 15, 2013 at 15:27)
The following is a press release sent to me by Kimberly Heartkey. As of 3/15/13, there has been a change made to the release and was sent by Kimberly. The change is: Dear Hall: The FDA assures us that artificial sugars
will need to appear on ingredients labels on the back of milk cartons and other
dairy packaging. We continue to protest the dairy industry proposal that
nutrient claims not be visible on the front label. This is deceptive and misleading
as other food products must display such claims. Most consumers rely on such
information when they are shopping and making purchasing decisions. Shame on Big Dairy. --Kimberly
The article leads to links where the reader can sign onto petitions and places of debate regarding this issue, which is imperative to our health and the health of our children.
Got Milk by B. H. Peterson
--Washington, DC--March, 13, 2013--According to the Weston A.
Price Foundation, American consumers are crying foul over a dairy industry
petition to add unlabeled artificial sweeteners to flavored milks served to
school children and to many other classes of dairy products.
Numerous scientific studies point to toxic effects of aspartame,
including cancer, digestive issues and memory impairment. In spite of this
evidence, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National
Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recently submitted a petition
to the FDA
to hide the chemical sweetener without
declaring it on ingredients labels.
The Weston A. Price Foundation and other groups are urging
consumers to file
in protest of the petition on the FDA The Weston A.
Price Foundation is a nonprofit nutrition education organization.
"The integrity of our food supply is poised for another blow. By
asking the FDA to alter the definition of "milk" to include chemical
sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose without full disclosure will only
lead to further distrust amo
ng consumers. This is a bad
idea for consumers and not a smart idea for the industry either," explains
Sally Fallon Morell , president and founder of the
Weston A. Price Foundation.
While aimed principally at replacing sugar in flavored milks
served to school children, the petition also asks for the right to put hidden
artificial sweeteners in a host of dairy products including nonfat dried milk
(always added to reduced-fat milks), yogurt, cream, half-and-half, sour cream,
eggnog and whipping cream.
Researchers and holistic health advocates have warned about the
toxicity of artificial sweeteners for many years:
Thousands of adverse reactions to
aspartame have been reported to the FDA, mostly concerned with abnormal brain
function, brain tumors, epilepsy and Parkinson's.
Children's brains are four times more
are more susceptible to damage from excitotoxins like
aspartame than those of adults and react with ADD ADHD type symptoms, impaired
learning, depression and nausea.
People who are sensitive to
aspartame can have life-threatening reactions to it.
Scientific evidence for the precautionary principle can be found on
, a respected scientific database. Here a just a few of the
A scientific study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences.
2012 Dec;16(15):2092-101, Studies on the effects of
aspartame on memory and oxidative stress in brain of mice
, found impaired memory
performance and increased brain oxidative stress
by repeated aspartame administration.
In May, 2010, The International
Journal of Genomics
published a study In
Vivo Cytogenetic Studies on Aspartame
where scientists observed
significant chromosomal aberrations in the bone marrow cells of mice following
exposure to aspartame. Because of the genotoxicity
they found, scientists advised caution when using aspartame in food and
beverages as a sweetener.
A Swiss study with mice and rats, published in the
of Industrial Medicine
in December 2010 found Aspartame
(APM) exposure is especially harmful for pre-term fetus, rats of both genders,
and male mice. Scientists found APM to be a carcinogenic agent in multiple
sites (liver and lung) in mice and rats and that its effects are increased when
exposure starts from prenatal life.
Register Public Comments:
for Public Comments:
Dairy Industry FDA Petition:
Weston A. Price Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nutrition education foundation with
the mission of disseminating accurate, science-based information on diet and
health. Named after nutrition pioneer Weston A. Price, DDS, author of Nutrition
and Physical Degeneration, the Washington, DC-based Foundation publishes a
quarterly journal for its 15,000+ members, supports 572 local chapters
worldwide and hosts a yearly international conference. The Foundation phone
number is (202) 363-4394, http://www.westonaprice.org, Email address removed .
Kimberly Hartke , 703-860-2711, cell
703-675-5557, Email address removed
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