Companies lobby to hide additives
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that two organisations representing the US dairy industry have requested that the Agency allow the use of 'non-nutritive' sweeteners, such as aspartame in milk, to be exempt from labelling.
The petitioners were the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) whose members include, Mars, Nestle, Muller, and Unilever and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) whose members include Kraft Foods and Deans Foods.
They argue that it would help promote healthy eating practices and reduce childhood obesity.
Campaigners are now challenging the move. A statement on the Alliance for Natural Health said “artificial sweeteners are more likely to contribute to obesity rather than reduce it. So enough of the flimflam – product labels should tell the truth about what's in them. If an ingredient has to be hidden, you can bet your bottom dollar it isn't worth putting in your mouth!”
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