FDA To Crackdown on Non-dairy Products Labeling

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told a Washington, D.C. event Tuesday the FDA will crack down on the use of the term “milk” for nondairy products. As reported by Politico, Gottlieb told the Politico Pro Summit the agency will soon issue a guidance document outlining changes to its so-called standards of identity policies for marketing milk.

It is at least a perceived win for the U.S. dairy industry. Gottlieb told the event, “An almond doesn’t lactate, I will confess,” referring to almond milk and the FDA standards for milk that reference products from lactating animals.

The dairy industry, in an economic downfall, has petitioned the FDA to enforce those standards, but the agency had yet to address the issue. N.C. Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler and other state commissioners met with Dr. Gottlieb a few weeks ago to discuss nondairy milk labeling regulation and other issues.