Dairy groups applaud FDA move to crack down on non-dairy labeling

Two dairy groups with members throughout the Midwest applauded comments by the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who said today the agency will crack down on the use of the term “milk” for nondairy products.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said his agency will soon start a formal process to redefine the rules for milk products. Read the news story here.


Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and the Dairy Business Association, which have pushed the FDA and lawmakers to take this action, issued the following joint statement. Based in Wisconsin, the sister organizations together represent more than a thousand dairy farmers and supporting businesses in nine states.


FDA regulations define milk as coming from a cow, not a plant. So, it is encouraging to hear Commissioner Gottlieb state his commitment to enforcing the laws already on the books.


“Our dairy farmers and processors work hard to produce incredible food. Milk and dairy products — real dairy products — offer almost unbeatable nutritional value. Mislabeling non-dairy foods confuses customers who often make judgments about a food based on its name. Words do matter. That is why we have labeling requirements to begin with.”

About Edge:

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative provides dairy farmers in nine Midwestern states with a strong voice — the voice of milk — in Congress, with customers and within their communities. Under the Federal Milk Marketing Orders, the co-op also provides milk testing verification services and market information. Edge, based in Green Bay, Wis., is one of the top cooperatives in the country based on the amount of milk produced by its members. For more information, visit www.voiceofmilk.com.

About the DBA:

The Dairy Business Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of Wisconsin dairy farmers, milk processors, vendors and business partners who work to ensure that Wisconsin dairy farmers of all sizes have the support they need to thrive in the state’s economy, communities and food supply chain. The association’s core work is advocating for sensible state laws and regulations that affect the dairy community. For more information, visit www.widba.com.