Thursday, February 28, 2013

FDA SEEKS TO UNLABEL KIDS MILK



PUTTING DOLLARS BEFORE INNOCENTS

Temecula, CA – Barely catching my breath from Forced Suicide comes this story concerning children and parents nationwide. Now everyone outside and inside Wildomar Autumnwood has a chance to make a noise by signing a petition to say no.
As Albertson’s punished the union for a new contract by selling off all the minimart gas stations which employed union people to non-union Valero, so too Monsanto seeks to punish people in America by further weakening the most innocent of us all, the children.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition requesting that the agency amend the standard of identity for milk and 17 other dairy products “to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient.” FDA is seeking comments and other information by May 21, 2013.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed revoking “the standards of identity for artificially sweetened jelly, preserves and jam,” concluding that these standards “are both obsolete and unnecessary in light of [] regulations for food named by use of a nutrient content claim and a standardized term.” Responding to a citizen petition submitted by the International Jelly and Preserve Association (IJPA), the proposed rule notes that standards implemented in 1959 for fruit spreads containing nonnutritive sweeteners (NNSs) only provided for the use of saccharin, sodium saccharin, calcium saccharin, or any combination thereof (21 CFR 150.140 and 150.160). These standards did not include other NNSs approved for food use since 1959, although FDA later established under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act a general standard of identity for foods named by a nutrient content claim such as “low calorie” or “sugar free” “in conjunction with a standardized food term,” e.g., “low calorie grape jelly.”
Under the radar but still available for immediate comment is that the FDA has “tentatively” agreed with IJPA that these later regulations make the 1959 standards of identity for artificially sweetened fruit spreads obsolete. According to IJPA, the general standard of identify for foods named by a nutrient content claim “provide fruit spread manufacturers with sufficient flexibility to use newer, intense [NNSs] in lieu of traditional nutritive sweeteners.” The association also argued that “nutrient content terms (e.g. ‘low calorie’)… better communicate to the customer the benefit of the use of [NNSs] than does the term ‘artificially sweetened,’ which is required to appear on the labels of products manufactured in conformity with §§ 150.141 and 150.161.” FDA has therefore concluded that revoking the standards for artificially sweetened fruit spreads “would promote honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers,” and has requested comments on the matter by March 4, 2013.

Last week, the FDA asked for information about how safe artificial sweeteners are for use, indicating that they are considering green-lighting the move. Currently, the government agency only allows for the use of the word "milk" to describe beverages with calories, which means that they need to be sweetened with sugar and/or high-fructose corn syrup (GMO).
As The Washington Post reports, sales of yogurt, cheese and other dairy products have risen in recent years. Still, per-capita milk consumption has declined by 30 percent since 1975, and the industry has yet to reach the highs of its World War II days. Part of the decline in recent years has been due to the rise in milk prices. The rise in price has been fueled by the cost of grains to feed cows which, in turn, has been spurred by the prolonged drought in the Great Plains of the United States. Other parts of the decline stem from the fact that children, a solid demographic of milk drinkers, are a smaller share of the American population. In addition, the industry has needed to combat bottled water and energy drink m manufacturers.
Most relevantly to the petition to the FDA, the dairy industry has seen a rise in consumer concerns that milk is high in calories. Though some manufacturers have marketed milk boosted with protein to fitness buffs, these efforts have not been enough.

The dairy industry argues that allowing for milk to be sweetened with aspartame would make the drink healthier and help target childhood obesity, according to the Dairy Reporter. However, outside independent health studies have found the opposite: that artificial sweeteners cause people to crave foods with more calories, and help contribute to obesity and type-2 diabetes. Aspartame is used in a range of products, including diet soda and yogurt, and is sold to consumers under the brand-name Equal (which also includes some other ingredients). It has been observed that no insect, including ants, will touch any liquid containing Aspartame. That is a fact which this journalist has validated in home tests.

Added Bonus - Teabagger Primer To Aspartame



March 8, 1977-- G. D. Searle hires prominent Washington insider Donald Rumsfeld as the new CEO to try to turn the beleaguered company around. A former Member of Congress and Secretary of Defense in the Ford Administration, Rumsfeld brings in several of his Washington cronies as top management.

January 1981-- Donald Rumsfeld, CEO of Searle, states in a sales meeting that he is going to make a big push to get aspartame approved within the year. Rumsfeld says he will use his political pull in Washington, rather than scientific means, to make sure it gets approved.

January 21, 1981-- Ronald Reagan is sworn in as President of the United States. Reagan's transition team, which includes Donald Rumsfeld, CEO of G. D. Searle, who hand picks Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes Jr. to be the new FDA Commissioner.

July 15, 1981-- In one of his first official acts, Dr. Arthur Hayes Jr., the new FDA commissioner, overrules the Public Board of Inquiry, ignores the recommendations of his own internal FDA team and approves NutraSweet for dry products. Hayes 'says that aspartame has been shown to be safe for its' proposed uses' and says few compounds have withstood such detailed testing and repeated close scrutiny.

October 15, 1982-- The FDA announces that Searle has filed a petition that aspartame be approved as a sweetener in carbonated beverages and other liquids.

and the rest, as they say, is history. 
(Story source - Makini Brice; all emphasis – Ed; any link of MLK to Black History Month is purely incidental)

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