Senators ask new FDA Commissioner to enforce dairy label standards
January 24, 2020 By Larry Lee Filed Under: Dairy, Minnesota, News, Wisconsin
Two U.S. Senators have reached out to the new Food and Drug
Administration Commissioner asking for tougher enforcement of dairy labeling standards. Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and
Republican Jim Risch from Idaho sent a letter to Stephen Hahn asking him to
combat the misuse of dairy terms on non-dairy products.
Baldwin says a public comment period was completed under
former Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, and dairy farmers are waiting for FDA action.
In the letter, Baldwin says many non-dairy imitation
products are continuing to use dairy terms like milk, yogurt, and cheese which
is a clear violation of existing FDA rules.
She says imitators are often assumed to have the same health benefits
and nutrient levels as real dairy products, which is unfair to dairy farmers
and problematic for consumers.
The letter was also signed by five other Senators. They are Mike Crapo (R-ID), Patrick Leahy
(D-VT), Tina Smith (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME).
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