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FDA wants your input on labels for chocolate milk containers

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Possible changes to labels on chocolate and strawberry milk containers.  The Food and Drug Administration is asking for the public's feedback on the issue.

The FDA says the proposed changes are coming from dairy farmers and would affect milk that has artificial sweeteners.

The FDA simply wants to know does anyone care and how many people look at the back ingredient label of products?

Take a look at the picture on the right-hand side from the Food and Drug Administration.  The milk label on the left says "reduced calorie chocolate milk" - that means it has artificial sweeteners.

But according to the FDA, dairy farmers want the label to only read "chocolate milk", even if there's artificial sweeteners.

The back ingredient list would stay the same.

Dairy farmers say labels on the front that read "reduced calorie" are unattractive to children.  But a dietician we talked with says some of her patients may not like the proposed change.

"Any time we see the word diet, sugar free, or reduced calorie, it's indicating to us something has changed in that product, so it can lead the consumer to look further either at the nutrition label or the ingredient list," says Susan Pittman, a dietitian from Freeman Health System.

To give the FDA your input visit http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm347194.htm

 

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