GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The dairy industry is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to change the definition of milk. It would allow artificial sweeteners and change labeling standards.
The dairy industry is petitioning the FDA to change the definition of 18 products-- including yogurt, sour cream, half and half, and milk.
Currently, if the dairy industry uses an artificial sweetener, the company is required to put a label on the front indicating 'reduced calorie' or 'low calorie' to show the consumer there are artificial sweeteners inside.
If the petition goes through these labels would disappear on the front but the ingredient list would still be on the back. The dairy industry argues a label that says 'low calorie' actually deters kids from drinking something nutritious.
Some parents against the petition argue the artificial sweeteners don't belong in milk and labeling should be clear on the front not hidden in the ingredient list on the back.
Nutritionists say if you are concerned about the sweeteners-- don't buy flavored milk and just buy plain milk. And always read the labels no matter what the FDA standards are.