Aug 23, 2014
Home| Tools| Events| Blogs| Discussions Sign UpLogin


On the Udder Hand

RSS By: Chris Galen, AgWeb.com

Chris Galen is the Senior Vice President of Communications for the National Milk Producers Federation .

Having A Cow (Not a Bean) About Fake Milk Labels

Apr 29, 2010

First it was “milk.”  Now, the problem is “yogurt,” and “cheese,” and even “ice cream” with no cream, or milk, or any dairy ingredient.

That’s why it’s time to renew the campaign to force the Food and Drug Administration to crack down on the misuse of dairy terms on products that have no relation whatsoever to real dairy products.  You can read more about it in today’s USA Today. 

On Thursday, the National Milk Producers Federation sent a letter of complaint pointing out multiple examples of these phony dairy goods using dairy terms they’re not supposed to.  You can see illustrations posted at the new Facebook page that we’ve created specifically for this campaign: http://www.facebook.com/theydontgotmilk.

This is not the first time we’ve been down this path.  Way back in 2000, NMPF sent a similar complaint, and at the time, warned that if the FDA did nothing, we’d see a growing proliferation of faux dairy items.  The response from FDA:  [crickets chirping in background].

So it’s time for a second go round.  The law says milk means “the lacteal secretion from a dairy animal.”  Beans don’t make that cut, nor do nuts, or rice, or hemp.  But they all have grabbed the milk label for their own.  And this isn’t bashing soy beans.  Farmers need them…for their cows.  But if the beans are to be made into a white liquid form, it should be called something other than milk (or yogurt, or cheese, etc.). 

If you think FDA should do something about this, there’s a form on the NMPF website to write a letter to the FDA Commissioner:  http://nmpf.org/fda-form.

Log In or Sign Up to comment

COMMENTS (6 Comments)

Anonymous
Luke - you gotta love what has been happening lately!! EU bailing out Greece. AZ immigration law, and now PA possibly.
8:26 AM May 8th
 
Anonymous
nut ejaculate
6:26 AM May 4th
 
 
 
The Home Page of Agriculture
© 2014 Farm Journal, Inc. All Rights Reserved|Web site design and development by AmericanEagle.com|Site Map|Privacy Policy|Terms & Conditions