Source: Farm Wars
Hold the presses…. UPDATE:
I would like to point out that multiple readers have emailed me a statement released by the National Organic Program, dated January 6th, regarding Neotame. The NOP claims that neotame can not be added without labeling and is not used in organic livestock feed. It should be noted that it is still used in foods and livestock not labeled “organic” - which is the mass majority of food on the shelf. It’s a neurotoxin, people. Stop poisoning yourself! I’ve included some links and parts of their statement regarding it not being in organic foods. Neotame should still be on your radar in all other foods you consume.
National Organic Program’s Statement -
It is important for consumers to know that neotame is not allowed for use in organic products. Neotame is not included on the National List (http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=fbc697b0474ea6a90b9b31be05ddc029&rgn=div6&view=text&node=7:126.96.36.199.32.7&idno=7 ), and is therefore not permitted for use in organic production and processing.
It is also worth noting that on January 6th, the National Organic Program issued the following statement affirming that neotame is not allowed for use in organic: “The National Organic Program has received inquiries concerning Internet claims that the artificial sweetener Neotame is allowed in organic foods.
To clarify, it is NOT permitted in organic foods or foods labeled ‘made with organic [specified ingredient or food group],’ nor is it permitted in organic livestock feed.”
This statement can be viewed at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=5eqfe4dab&v=001_7pdtf0NbxO25e035S1jMuaTv3ENwLDacWHgtR558y_ev1pDiCx4Y8WVrIE5d-OloAbxdf55bQv0sYAkd7JlYR_5nYh3fnNQx7fDUwFIklg%3D.
Just when we thought that buying “Organic” was safe, we run headlong into the deliberate poisoning of our organic food supply by the FDA in collusion with none other than the folks who brought us Aspartame. NutraSweet, a former Monsanto asset, has developed a new and improved version of this neurotoxin called Neotame.
Neotame has similar structure to aspartame — except that, from it’s structure, appears to be even more toxic than aspartame. This potential increase in toxicity will make up for the fact that less will be used in diet drinks. Like aspartame, some of the concerns include gradual neurotoxic and immunotoxic damage from the combination of the formaldehyde metabolite (which is toxic at extremely low doses) and the excitotoxic amino acid. (Holisticmed.com)
But surely, this product would be labeled! NOT SO!!! For this little gem, no labeling required. And it is even included in USDA Certified Organic food.
The food labeling requirements required for aspartame have now been dropped for Neotame, and no one is clear why this was allowed to happen. Neotame has been ruled acceptable, and without being included on the list of ingredients, for:
- USDA Certified Organic food items.
- Certified Kosher products with the official letter k inside the circle on labels. (Janet Hull)
Let me make this perfectly clear. Neotame does not have to be included in ANY list of ingredients! So, if you buy processed food, whether USDA Certified Organic or not, that food most likely will contain Neotame because it is cost-effective, and since no one knows it is there, there is no public backlash similar to what is happening with Aspartame. A win/win situation!
But that’s not all. Just love chowing down on that delicious steak? Well, that cow most likely will have been fed with feed containing…..you guessed it…..Neotame! A product called “Sweetos,” which is actually composed of Neotame, is being substituted for molasses in animal feed.
“Sweetos is an economical substitute for molasses. Sweetos guarantees the masking of unpleasant tastes and odor and improves the palatability of feed. This product will be economical for farmers and manufacturers of cattle feed. It can also be used in mineral mixture,” said Craig Petray, CEO, The NutraSweet Company, a division of Searle, which is a part of Monsanto.
Why would we feed animals food that is so distasteful that we would have to mask the unpleasantness with an artificial sweetener? Most animals will not eat spoiled, rancid feed. They know by the smell that it is not good. Enter Sweetos (Neotame). Just cover up the unpleasant tastes and odors, and you can feed them anything you want to, courtesy of the oh, so considerate folks at Monsanto and company.
But of course, Monsanto is no longer associated with NutraSweet. In the time-honored tradition of covering its assets, Monsanto has a proven track record of spinning off controversial portions of its company that generate too much scrutiny, such as it did with the Solutia solution.
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