Dairy Pride Act Re-Introduced
Senators Tammy Baldwin (Dem., Wis.) and Jim Risch (Rep., Idaho) have reintroduced the Dairy Pride Act, which would combat mislabeling of non-dairy products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) comment period on dairy labeling has expired. But its Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced his resignation March 5, and he is expected to depart sometime in April. That has raised fears in some quarters that FDA’s decision on dairy labeling could be slowed.
The Dairy Pride Act was co-sponsored by Senators Pat Leahy (Dem., Vt.), Mike Crapo (Rep., Idaho) and Angus King (Ind., Maine) and Representatives Peter Welch (Dem., Vt.) and Mike Simpson (Rep., Idaho). The Dairy Pride Act would prohibit non-dairy products from using dairy terms on their labeling.
If FDA does not act quickly, the Dairy Pride Act would force the agency to resolve the issue within 90 days of its passage. In a letter to Gottlieb sent today, the five Senators who are sponsoring the Dairy Pride Act urged Gottlieb to “move forward and expeditiously enforce against imitation products that use dairy’s good name for their own benefit, in violation of the FDA’s existing Standards of Identity….
“Dairy farmers, cheese makers, milk bottlers and makers of other products—ranging from cultured dairy products like yogurt and kefir to ice cream—have waited far too long for FDA to enforce existing rules, which they abide by each day. We appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to steps addressing this mislabeling as soon as possible.”
You can read the Senators’ letter to Commissioner Gottlieb here.