US Sen. Tammy Baldwin Renews Effort to Get ‘Milk’ Label Taken Off Non-Dairy Products

By labeling plant-based beverages with the word “milk,” the makers of those products have “gotten away with using the dairy industry’s good name for their own benefit,” U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said in a statement Thursday.

Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, a Republican from Idaho, reintroduced legislation Thursday that would combat what Baldwin described as the “unfair practice of mislabeling non-dairy products.”

The legislation would require non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants and algae to no longer be labeled with terms such as milk, yogurt or cheese. The existing regulation defines dairy products as being from dairy animals, but the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t enforced it.

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