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The Trump administration’s 2,200-page omnibus spending bill, which the president signs into law contains yet another test of our standards of identity, this time on dairy products. That includes directing the FDA to develop labeling standards for dairy products.
This fight is between the Plant Based Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation, which have focused on whether non-cow-milk beverages (made from soy, almond, pea protein, coconut and other sources) can legally contain the world “milk” on their labels.
The milk producers say the existing legislation for the standard of identity is not being enforced on these other milks, and NMPF president and CEO Jim Mulhern said in a press release: “It’s high time that we end the blatant disregard for federal labeling standards by marketers of nutritionally inferior dairy products. The language in the congressional budget will help. The language in the congressional budget bill will help ensure action on the matter by FDA after years and years of inaction.”