The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting comments on the labeling of plant-based products with names that include those of dairy foods. Dairy industry groups have tried, unsuccessfully, to get FDA to take enforcement action against mislabeled, imitation dairy products for two decades.
FDA is interested in learning how consumers use plant-based products and how they understand terms such as “milk” when included in the names of imitation items. The agency also is asking consumers if they are aware of and understand differences between the basic nature, characteristics, ingredients and nutritional content of dairy products versus plant-based products.
Policy approved by members at the 2017 KLA Convention opposes allowing food products not derived from actual livestock or dairy production to use nomenclature associated with meat and milk. KLA will submit comments to FDA supporting the protection of dairy nomenclature by the November 27 deadline.