If FDA Won’t Require ‘Milk’ Be Removed From Vegan Beverage Labels, North Carolina Might
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended its comment period on the use of ‘milk’ on vegan beverages, the state of North Carolina has already passed legislation allowing the use of ‘milk’ only from hoofed animals.
This past June, the North Carolina legislature over-rode a veto of its bill by Governor Roy Cooper (D) 74-45 in the House and 37-9 in the Senate. Cooper vetoed the bill because of other provisions in it pertaining to “right-to-farm,” which he called overly broad.
The bill’s provision on milk labeling won’t go into effect, however, until at least 11 other states in the southeast also approve a similar requirement, reports Sentient Media. Those states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
If passed, alternative beverages such as soy, almond, coconut and oat would not longer be allowed to use “milk” on their labels. This could create huge marketing and logistical headaches for companies selling those products.
The North Carolina milk labeling requirements is part of a much larger bill, Senate Bill 711, that details “right to farm” provisions and protections against nuisance suits filed against farmers.
FDA originally had set a of August 27 for interested parties to comment on milk labeling. The agency has since extended that deadline to Oct. 11.