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Is Plant-Based Milk Really Milk? FDA Could Soon Determine
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Almonds don’t lactate. Neither do soybeans or coconuts for that matter.
And that fact has some in the food industry foaming at the mouth and pushing the Food and Drug Administration to enforce “standards of identity” for such products and regulate the ability for non-dairy beverages to call themselves “milk.”
“An almond doesn’t lactate, I will confess,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at the POLITICO Pro Summit on Tuesday.
The current FDA “standards of identity,” Gottlieb said, reference milk to a lactating animal but the standards have not been enforced.
“[These] are basically regulations that define recipes for how products need to be manufactured in order to call themselves, for example, ketchup. How many tomatoes do you need to actually call something ‘ketchup,'” he said.