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FDA to Issue New Guidance on Use of the Term “Milk”

Jul 18, 2018

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said that the agency plans to issue new guidance related to use of the term “milk” for marketing and labeling of non-dairy products such as soy, rice, coconut and almond products.

The guidance would provide clarity on how the standard of identity for milk applies to non-dairy foods, according to POLITICO, a Washington, D.C., policy publication.

“There will be people who make a counter argument that almond milk should be able to call itself milk, but we do have a standard of identity and I do intend to enforce that,” Commissioner Gottlieb said, speaking to audience members attending a POLITICO event in Washington.

He added that the agency’s first step would be opening a period for gathering public comments and estimated that the process for developing guidance would take close to a year to complete.

Once the agency releases the details on its action, the dairy industry will have an opportunity to analyze the proposal and provide comments.

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