The DAIRY PRIDE Act would require the FDA to issue guidance for nationwide enforcement of mislabeled imitation dairy products within 90 days and require the FDA to report to Congress two years after enactment to hold the agency accountable for this update in their enforcement obligations. The bipartisan legislation is also cosponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Angus King (I-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Tina Smith (D-MN).
The FDA officially defines milk as “the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows,” but that standard is not actively enforced when it comes to labeling.
Amond and Soy milks have existed for centuries and coconut milk is a part of a plant. Legislation like this would violate the right to accurately describe products and solve no problems. Has anyone met a person who has purchased almond milk thinking it was cow’s milk? Telling people they can’t use terms like “almond milk” makes no more sense than telling dairy producers they must use the term “bovine udder discharge” to market their products.
On March 2, a nonprofit that advocates for plant-based foods, called the Good Food Institute (GFI), filed an FDA petition that argues labeling beverages “almond milk” and “soy milk” is a free speech issue.