Cow or Cashew? - FDA Commissioner Details Agency's Plans for Labeling Dairy, Plant-Based Foods

July 27, 2018

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Thursday said the FDA intends to make decisions about the labeling of cow's milk and plant-based milk "in relation to potential public health consequences" as part of its program to modernize standards of identity.


In a statement before FDA's meeting on that program, Gottlieb said "plant-based foods are being positioned in the marketplace as substitutes for standardized dairy products," but "these alternative products are not the food that has been standardized under the name 'milk' and which has been known to the American public as 'milk' long before the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&