Representative Tim Walz (D-MN 1st)
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the petition to the FDA to redefine milk

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Rep. Tim Walz

February 26, 2013

The U.S. dairy industry is petitioning the FDA to redefine "milk" so that aspartame can be secretly added to milk, yogurt, and other dairy products. This is insanity! The FDA gets more complaints about the artificial sweetener aspartame than any other product. Here's a list of side effects from consuming aspartame. The information is from

Aspartame side effects reported to the FDA include:

Abdominal Pain, Anxiety attacks, arthritis, asthma, Asthmatic Reactions, Bloating, Edema (Fluid Retention), Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia), Brain Cancer (Pre approval studies in animals), Breathing difficulties, burning eyes or throat, Burning Urination, can't think straight, Chest Pains, chronic cough, Chronic Fatigue, Confusion, Death, Depression, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Excessive Thirst or Hunger, fatigue, feel unreal, flushing of face, Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair, Headaches/Migraines dizziness, Hearing Loss, Heart palpitations, Hives (Urticaria), Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Impotency and Sexual Problems, inability to concentrate, Infection Susceptibility, Insomnia, Irritability, Itching, Joint Pains, laryngitis, "like thinking in a fog", Marked Personality Changes, Memory loss, Menstrual Problems or Changes, Migraines and Severe Headaches (Trigger or Cause From Chronic Intake), Muscle spasms, Nausea or Vomiting, Numbness or Tingling of Extremities, Other Allergic Like Reactions, Panic Attacks, Phobias, poor memory, Rapid Heart Beat, Rashes, Seizures and Convulsions, Slurring of Speech, Swallowing Pain, Tachycardia, Tremors, Tinnitus, Vertigo, Vision Loss, Weight gain.

There are 61 health problems listed above.

Aspartame Disease Mimics Symptoms or Worsens the Following 16 Diseases

Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Birth Defects, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression and other Psychological Disorders, Diabetes and Diabetic Complications, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Lymphoma, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Panic Disorder, Parkinson's Disease.

This petition is very closely connected to consumers' right to know what's in food products. Candidate for president Obama promised, "If I am elected, government under an Obama administration will be more transparent." Well, President Obama, now's your chance to back up that promise with action. Use the influence of your office to stop this petition insanity.

The FDA is requesting comments on this petition. But I went to the government site to submit my comments. I searched and searched, but could not find the place to comment on this petition.

To get the full story on this petition, you can read an article at

Mankato , MN