March 16, 2009, International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) filed a petition before the US FDA. The petition asked that the standards of identity for milk and other 17 listed milk products be amended to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener in the optional ingredients.
The 17 milk products:
1. acidified milk
2. cultured milk
3. sweetened condensed milk
4. nonfat dry milk
5. nonfat dry milk fortified with vitamins A and D
6. evaporated milk
7. dry cream
8. heavy cream
9. light cream
10. light whipping cream
11. sour cream
12. acidified sour cream
16. lowfat yogurt
17. nonfat yogurt
The petitioners said that milk flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners should be labeled as milk without further claims so that consumers can “more easily identify its overall nutritional value.” Originally, any safe and suitable non nutritive sweetener, such as aspartame, maybe added to milk provided that a modifier is explicitly declared in label, “reduced calorie or reduced sugar”.
1) would promote more healthy eating practices and reduce obesity specially among children
2) improved health profile of food preserves
3) promote honesty and fair dealing
Maybe there was unstated reason why the petition was filed. If the milk standard identity could be amended and a milk with non-nutritive sweetener would be called milk without any modifier. Then, declaring any artificial sweetener used (e.g. aspartame, sucralose) might be deemed unnecessary. On consumer side, identifying milk products with artificial sweetener will be impossible.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), published, ” Flavored Milk; Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for MIlk and 17 Additional Dairy Products” on 02/20/2013. Submission of comments will end on 05/21/2013.
Instructions for submission of comments.