I am outraged over the suggestion to include aspartame, an artificial sweetener made with genetically modified ingredients, as an ingredient that can be added to milk without labelling. The jury is still out on the safety of aspartame; until it is conclusively proven to be safe over a period of many years (as food-safety issues often do not develop quickly), the general population must not be used as “lab rats” to discover health effects of new products.Ingredient labelling is not a marketing tool, nor must it be allowed to become one; it is a means of providing information to a customer as to what is inside a container of processed food. Accuracy, clarity, and comparability are the keys to effective labelling—the fact that a producer sees a label such as “reduced calorie” as unappealing to a segment of the potential market MUST have absolutely NO effect on labelling standards—just the opposite, that is the reason fro stricter standards, so that purchasers may have full and accurate information to counteract the marketing “spin”.Real food needs no labels—processed food absolutely does!
[N.B.: The above is my public comment, made from a link in an article from Activist Post ( http://www.activistpost.com/2013/02/aspartame-in-milk-without-label-big.html ); here is the direct link to the comment page to make your own: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2009-P-0147-0012]