The Food and Drug Administration recently issued new guidance for labeling imitation dairy products. Alan Bjerga with the National Milk Producers Federation tells Brownfield the FDA went part way towards stopping imitations from using dairy terms. Although it’s not everything the dairy producers wanted, Bjerga says imitation product producers are now guided to disclose the nutritional deficiencies of plant-based products if they want to use a dairy term. “We think this is going to have a profound effect in the marketplace because as companies take a look at this guidance, would you want to put ‘contains 50% less potassium than milk’ on your label?”
Bjerga says the potential is there to help consumers understand the difference between dairy and non-dairy products.