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June 14, 2017

European Court Enforces Dairy Names

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Dairy reports that the European Union (EU) Court of Justice announced Wednesday that plant-based food products cannot use dairy names such as “milk,” “cream,” “butter” or “yogurt,” saying these names are reserved for animal products.

The National Milk Producers Federation is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enforce similar standard of identity language for U.S. dairy products, claiming “soy milk,” “almond milk” and other such labeling is a violation of U.S. regulations.

The arguments in the EU case were similar to what is being made here in the U.S. Dairy proponents said labeling laws are clear while plant-based proponents argued consumers understand the difference between animal- and plant-based products.

Read more on the EU ruling here.