The dairy lobby is petitioning the FDA to remove any
reference to non-nutritive sweeteners, mainly aspartame, from milk labels in
school lunches. They claim—in one of the most spectacular failures of logic
we’ve ever seen—that not labeling the milk “promotes honesty and fair-dealing
in the interest of consumers.”
Sadly, non-nutritive sweeteners are already allowed and included
in the flavored milk used in school lunch programs. Labeling is important for
children (and parents), who have a right to choose milk without aspartame or
other non-nutritive sweeteners—chemicals which have no place in school lunch
program in the first place. By removing this labeling requirement, consumers
won’t know the difference between artificially flavored milk and regular
milk—and we’d be denied the right to choose milk that doesn’t contain
artificial sweeteners and flavorings.
Tell FDA to keep indicating the presence of non-nutritive
sweeteners on the labels of school lunch milk cartons.
Please personalize if you have the time!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]