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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: March 8, 2023 09:03 AM
From: Senator Elder A. Vogel, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Clearly Defining Milk in Pennsylvania
I will be introducing language that would clarify the definition of milk in the state of Pennsylvania. Although “milk” is defined in statute, it does not expressly define milk as only coming from a dairy cow. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the United States Department of Agriculture does define milk as coming from a cow. However, the recent ruling by the FDA to allow non-dairy-based beverages to continue using the term “milk” – and therefore contradicting their own definition – is an attack on the dairy industry and misleading to consumers. There is a clear disadvantage when non-dairy milk substitutes are allowed in the dairy case and compete with actual milk by claiming to be a healthier alternative. While I understand the need for these milk substitutes, they are simply not milk and should not be labeled as such.

Please join me in this sponsoring this important legislation and help end the competitive disadvantage that dairy farmers face in the dairy case at their local grocery store