Bill Proposed to Regulate Non-Dairy Product Labeling

Federal legislation was introduced to prohibit non-dairy products from being labeled with terms such as milk, yogurt, or cheese, reports Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The legislation would require the Food and Drug Administration to provide guidance for nationwide enforcement within 90 days on non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants, and algae. FDA would also have to report to Congress in two years to hold the agency accountable.

Marieke Penterman, of Marieke Gouda, a farm and cheese-making facility in Thorp, Wis., praised the bill for supporting transparency in the dairy marketplace. “Corporations are taking advantage of a movement pushing for an ‘ethical’ way to consume products, ironically, by making false and unsubstantiated claims about their products,” says Penterman. Full Story

Related: Vegan Shop in Canada Told to Stop Using “Cheese” to Describe ProductsCattle Ranchers Fight against ‘Meat’ Label.

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