- It is NOT required to be disclosed in the annoying “List of Ingredients”, and
- It undermines legitimacy of and confidence in the “Organic” label.
Neotame is a highly concentrated artificial food sweetener (40 times sweeter than NutraSweet, 8000 times sweeter than sucrose or ordinary “table sugar”). As a food ingredient you’d think it would be listed in the “List of Ingredients”. You’d be wrong. Neotame is NOT required to be listed.
Food ingredients that are “trace ingredients” (that are a “flavor, or flavor enhancer”) under FDA rules do NOT have to be named individually in the food’s “List of Ingredients.” (Source1: FDA, 21 CFR 101.100(a)(3), and Source2) Because Neotame is so highly concentrated it takes only an insignificant “trace” to flavor (i.e., sweeten) foods and, thus, does NOT have to be disclosed. QED
Is Neotame safe? You decide:
- Neotame was tested on humans for only 13 weeks by its manufacturer before being approved by the FDA. (Source, pg. 4)
- Codex Alimentarius has “permitted the use of neotame as sweetener in various foods.” (Source)
- Neotame is approved to be added to foods under USDA Certified classification “Contains Organic Ingredients”–without any disclosure to consumers. (Source)
Sweetness potency of sweeteners currently marketed in the U.S. (Source)
Neotame:. . . 8,000
Sucralose: . . . ..600
Saccharin: . . .. .300
Aspartame: . . …200
Acesulfame K: .. 200
(Compare with this calculator)
By Barbara H. Peterson
Source: Farm Wars
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. (Bungalow Bill)
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.
Says the Farm Industry News, “Monsanto, which has long resided in the crosshairs of public scorn and scrutiny, appears to have dodged at least one bullet by spinning off its industrial chemical business into a separate entity called Solutia a couple of years ago. Solutia has since been hammered by lawsuits regarding PCB contamination from what were once called Monsanto chemical plants in Alabama and other states” (Source Watch)
So what is the solution to this problem? Buy local organic food, know your local farmer, and don’t buy processed foods whether they are labeled “Organic” or not. This requires a drastic change in lifestyle that most will not want to make. For those who choose to ride the wheel of chance by succumbing to this genocidal adulteration of our food supply by those who stand to profit from our sickness and early demise, my only comment is….it is your choice. But for those of us who have decided to fight this battle one bite at a time by hitting these sociopaths in the pocketbook where it hurts……viva la revolucion!
(C) 2010 Barbara H. Peterson (Source)
How can foods containing Neotame be legally called “Organic” foods?
Neotame can be included in USDA Certified “Contains Organic Ingredients” without labeling. As I stated in a previous article “USDA Certified Organic’s Dirty Little Secret: Neotame,” Neotame does not have to be labeled. Period. Why? Because the FDA approved it as a general purpose sweetener, and it is designated as a “flavor, or flavor enhancer.” And since it is not a protein hydrolysate, the following applies:
If the flavor consists of two or more ingredients, the label either may declare each ingredient by its common or usual name or may state “All flavor ingredients contained in this product are approved for use in a regulation of the Food and Drug Administration.” Any flavor ingredient not contained in one of these regulations, and any nonflavor ingredient, shall be separately listed on the label. (FDA)
As mentioned earlier in this article: “Food ingredients that are “trace ingredients” (that are a “flavor, or flavor enhancer”) under FDA rules do NOT have to be named individually in the food’s “List of Ingredients.” (Source1: FDA, 21 CFR 101.100(a)(3), and Source2) Because Neotame is so highly concentrated it takes only an insignificant “trace” to flavor (i.e., sweeten) foods and, thus, does NOT have to be disclosed.”
It’s exploitation of loopholes in: U.S. Federal Regulations, Title 7: Agriculture:
- § 205.105 Allowed and prohibited substances, methods, and ingredients in organic production and handling,
- § 205.600 Evaluation criteria for allowed and prohibited substances, methods, and ingredients; and
- § 205.601 Synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production.
- See also: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/…..32.2.354.6 (Source: comments)
Here’s two more examples of how loopholes in the regulations defining the “organic” label are being exploited:
Organic chocolate ice cream” means that both the chocolate and the ice cream are organic, but if you reverse two words and make it “chocolate organic ice cream,” the chocolate is not organic. Or if you are really adept at manipulation, you can actually manufacture “organic beer” with conventional hops, label it “USDA Certified Organic,” and charge a premium price for it. See the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, which includes hops as one of the approved non-organic substances allowed in USDA Certified Organic products. (Source)
On July 5, 2002, Monsanto received FDA approval for, Neotame, a molecule, “based on the aspartame formula” with one critical addition: 3-dimethylbutyl [listed on EPA's most hazardous chemical list]. Neotame is touted as being 13,000 times sweeter than sugar. It was approved by the USFDA over formally registered objections of the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and others. (Long term effects on humans are unknown.) Read the full release on The Aspartame Consumer Safety Network. (Source)
According to Neotame’s marketing:
As a sweetener, neotame can reduce or replace the sugar and caloric content of products while maintaining great taste.
What is neotame? Neotame is a new sweetener and flavor enhancer, which has a clean sweet taste like sugar. Because it is so intensely sweet (about 8,000 times sweeter than sugar by weight), only very small amounts are needed to sweeten foods and beverages. Neotame can be used alone or blended with other non-nutritive or nutritive sweeteners.
How can neotame be used? Neotame was approved for general use as a sweetener and flavor enhancer in foods and beverages in 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Neotame can be enjoyed by all segments of the population. (Source)
Neotame safety studies are described here: http://www.neotame.com/pdf/neotame_science_brochure_US_New.pdf
Notice that Neotame’s longest safety study of “Human Tolerance” of Neotame was only 13 weeks in duration–hence, long term effects are unknown.
Given all of the problems with aspartame industry research and scientific abuse, it is clear that any neotame research that Monsanto, industry groups, or consultants or research friends of Monsanto have any part of should be rejected until which time more trustworthy, independent research can be conducted. Such experiments should include independent animals studies and especially long-term (e.g., 4-5 years+) human studies in various susceptible population groups. (Source)
Neotame is a brand name for this chemical: (Source)
N-(N-(3,3-Dimethylbutyl)-L-alpha-aspartyl)-L-phenylalanine 1-methyl ester.
It is a derivative of the dipeptide composed of the amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine.
|CAS Registry Number||165450-17-9|
Dr. Mercola, founder of the world’s most visited natural health web site, Mercola.com, says this about the FDA:
Many people actually consider the FDA to be a “subsidiary” of the Monsanto Company. It sounds impossible, but when you look at all the Monsanto executives who have gone through the revolving door between private industry and government oversight, a truly disturbing picture emerges of the foxes guarding the henhouse. (Source)
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- GM strain blows organic status away
- NutraSweet – Company
- G.D. Searle & Company Aspartame’s bait and switch
- How Aspartame Became Legal – The Timeline
- Aspartame Gate: When Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle – Health …
- Monsanto: The world’s poster child for corporate manipulation and deceit
- Monsanto: History of Contamination and Cover-up
- Who and What Is the Monsanto Chemical Corporation?
- Keiser Report: Monsanto and the Seeds of Evil
- Obama bravely embraces Monsanto and genetically modified foods
- Monsanto Corporation Reigns over Obama Adminstration
- NutraSweet Co. “References for data on aspartame”
- Machines of War: Blackwater, Monsanto, and Bill Gates
- USDA Certified Organic’s Dirty Little Secret: Neotame
- Sweetos (Ensign website)
- Neotame (abstracted from the April 2005 issue of Pure Facts)
- Monsanto’s Neotame molecule allowed in USDA certified organic foods
- Aspartame induces lymphomas and leukaemias in rats (Study produced in the European Journal of Oncology)
- Food consumption and body weight changes with neotame, a new sweetener with intense taste: differentiating effects of palatability from toxicity in dietary safety studies. (Study financed by NutraSweet saying that Neotame is safe)
- Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids and Materials in Contact with Food
- Neotame website aimed at manufacturers
- Neotame wins approval in Europe
- Neotame Ingredients
- Aspartame has got a new name but, do not be fooled, it is still the same (greenreview.blogspot.com)
- Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.: Artificial Sweeteners: Are They Better or Worse Than the Real Thing? (jeffpruett.wordpress.com)
- USDA Certified Organic’s Dirty Little Secret: Neotame (ppjg.wordpress.com)