On Tuesday, Nov. 12th, IDFA submitted its comments to FDA in support of horizontal approaches to standards modernization. Dairy products represent a third of the 280 federal food standards of identity, and these standards are significantly outdated and stand in the way of using new technologies, ingredients, and novel processes for dairy foods innovation.
IDFA says a new approach is needed to allow dairy processors greater flexibility to create new nutritious and healthful products that meet consumer demands. Therefore, IDFA urges FDA to consider the 2006 Citizen Petition submitted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and 10 other food trade associations, including IDFA.
The GMA petition urged FDA to open existing standards for milk and cheese for new methods of production, especially for ultra-filtered milk and cheese. The six principles contained in the petition would accommodate many of the changes that the dairy and food industry are seeking in standards modernization such as:
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