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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 6, 2018 01:29 PM
From: Senator Ryan P. Aument
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Urging the FDA to Enforce Milk Labeling Standards
In the very near future, I plan to introduce a resolution urging the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce existing regulations that establish clear standards for milk labeling.

Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s number one industry; however, the dairy component of that industry is currently struggling.

Market challenges facing dairy producers have been compounded by the mislabeling of milk products and the misappropriation of the word “milk.”

Plant-based milk substitutes such as soy, almond, and coconut products contain no actual milk and often do not provide the same nutritional content as real milk, cheese, and yogurt derived from cows.

The FDA explicitly defines milk as a substance exclusively derived from cows. Further, the FDA has the jurisdictional power to regulate any falsely-advertised or mislabeled product.

In fact, the FDA has previously enforced their own definition of milk by blocking the sale of misleading imitation beverages that were illegally labeled as milk.

Enforcement of these standards will help Pennsylvania dairy farmers, reduce consumer confusion, and promote equity in the marketplace. As such, I hope that you will join me in co-sponsoring this important resolution by Friday, June 8, 2018.

Introduced as SR382