Should Almond Milk be Considered Milk?

Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Democratic Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont introduced the DAIRY PRIDE Act which is an acronym for the “Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, milk, and cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act.” The bill suggests that imposters of Dairy milk such as almond, soy and coconut should not get to call themselves milk because it hurts dairy farmers that have to meet FDA standards. This bill has also led to the accusation of mislabeled plant-based alternative products that have a range of ingredients that are not equivalent to the nutritional content of dairy products. If the FDA were to follow these requests and target new and old non dairy products for selected enforcement, it would violate First Amendment Rights of the producers.

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