LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The FDA recently proposed guidance that would allow products like nut or soy milk to continue referring to itself as "milk."
U.S. lawmakers are fighting back.
Senator Tammy Baldwin is introducing bipartisan legislation called the DAIRY PRIDE Act.
It would require non-dairy products made from nuts, plants, and algae, to no longer be labeled with dairy terms.
Sen. Baldwin says dairy farmers work hard to produce dairy products that meet standards for nutrition and quality.
"These plant-based products have no such demands placed on them, and yet when you go to a dairy case, you'll see things called almond milk or soy milk or oat milk, and I think it leads to an implication that there's somehow a nutritional equality there," said Sen. Baldwin. "There's not. There's not at all."
The DAIRY PRIDE Act would require the FDA to put out guidance to enforce action on mislabeled products within 30 days.
Minnesota Senator Tina Smith is a co-sponsor of the bill.
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