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Big Agra At It Again

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In a follow-up to an earlier blog about food safety wherein I mentioned that new genetically modified (GMO) foods, like salmon, contain the DNA of other species, like eels and that these don't have to be labeled, there is a new Big Agra scheme on the front.

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have petitioned the FDA to allow them to add aspartame (brand name NutraSweet) to milk, cream, and yogurt. So what’s the catch? They don’t want to have to label that the aspartame has been added.

Food safety advocates have long held that aspartame is extraordinarily dangerous to certain food consumers. Some studies suggest that the substance is a possible carcinogen. While the scientific community may be divided on the sweetener what shouldn’t be up for debate is that consumers should have the right to know what they are eating.

What’s behind hiding aspartame from the consumer? I can only guess that Big Agra doesn’t want to face “frivolous lawsuits” from people who ingest the product and get sick.