Apparently, children in schools are incapable of drinking milk plain – according to the
International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation, milk needs to be sweetened or flavored in order to get kids to drink it. There is now a proposal for the FDA to approve the distribution of flavored and sweetened milk in schools and grocery stores nation-wide, and to leave the change off the front label. That means your children may end up drinking flavored and sweetened milk with chemicals added – without even knowing it.
Aspartame in Milk: What Is This All About?
According to a recent post by the Federal Register, (the news journal for the US government) the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation have asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change the standards for milk and dairy products in order to allow the option of using “any safe and suitable sweetener” in them. According to the official petition,
“IDFA and NMPF request their proposed amendments to the milk standard of identity to allow optional characterizing flavoring ingredients used in milk (e.g., chocolate flavoring added to milk) to be sweetened with any safe and suitable sweetener—including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame. IDFA and NMPF state that the proposed amendments would promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products. They state that lower-calorie flavored milk would particularly benefit school children who, according to IDFA and NMPF, are more inclined to drink flavored milk than unflavored milk at school.”
The Dairy Companies’ Goal: Seriously?
So let me get this straight – without sugar and chocolate in milk, we can’t get kids to drink milk? And instead of promoting milk as it is, a healthy beverage full of nutritive properties, in order to encourage healthy eating, the milk and dairy companies are trying to encourage children to drink be healthy by adding sugar or chemical sweeteners and flavoring to milk? When the goal is to get kids to make healthy choices? Here’s the catch – if approved, this new policy would change not only milk ingredients, but also in variations of sour cream, yogurt, cream, condensed milk, and many others (Eighteen products total).
What Do We Do?
What’s a prepper to do? We can homeschool our kids, but even buying regular milk and other dairy products in stores could result in aspartame and other unwanted substances entering your family’s diet. We can’t all buy raw milk and dairy products – not only are they difficult to find, but they’re extremely pricey. If you have the resources, time, money and know-how, keep your own goats or cows for milk. If you can’t do that, then buy raw, check labels, and call manufacturers for product ingredient information.
Above all – remember: There are still over 80 days left in the comment period. Let your voice be heard! If enough people protest, the FDA may disapprove the request.
Stick together, ask, dig for information, and be prepared – we can get through this together.
Have you sent a comment to the FDA yet?