FDA COMMISSIONER VOWS TO STOP IMITATION
Courtesy of KLA.org
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told an audience at a Politico Pro Summit last week that his agency soon will begin enforcing regulations that define milk as an animal product, not a plant-based food. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) applauded Gottlieb’s admission that the labeling practices of many plant-based dairy imitators violate long-standing federal standards.
The dairy group sent a letter to Gottlieb last year complaining about the lack of enforcement. It pointed out FDA’s inaction has led to consumer fraud due to the inferior nutrient content of non-dairy products compared to true dairy counterparts. NMPF President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Mulhern said there has been a proliferation of imitation products falsely labeled as milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream and butter. Mulhern said he hopes FDA will rapidly move to take enforcement action.
NCBA currently is engaged in a political battle to determine which federal agency has jurisdiction over relatively new fake meat products. The organization has strongly suggested inspection and labeling of lab-grown meat should be handled by USDA, not FDA. NCBA Director of Government Affairs Danielle Beck said any interpretation of current law places simulated meat products within the primary jurisdiction of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.