WASHINGTON, DC (CBS Local) – The Food and Drug Administration has a message for soy and almond milk drinkers: you’re not drinking milk and your bottle labels may change very soon.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb addressed the agency’s enforcement of “standards of identity” during a Politico media event in Washington. Gottlieb says the FDA will begin cracking down on companies marketing non-dairy products as “milk.”READ MORE: UPDATE: Atmospheric River Crashes Onshore; Driving Rains, Gusty Winds, Flash Flood Fears
“If you look at our standard of identity, there is a reference somewhere in the standard of identity to a lactating animal,” the FDA chief said on July 17. “And, you know, an almond doesn’t lactate, I will confess.”READ MORE: Stockton Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Shooting of Drug Dealer
Gottlieb admitted that the agency hadn’t been doing a thorough job of enforcing what companies label as “milk” and also that the FDA expects someone to file a lawsuit against their decision on behalf of the plant-based dairy imitators.
“This is going to take time,” Gottlieb explained. “It’s not going to take two years, but it probably takes something close to a year to get to go through that process.”MORE NEWS: Atmospheric River: Defiant Santa Cruz Mountain Residents Say They Will Ride Out The Storm
The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed the FDA’s crackdown, claiming dairy imitators violate federal standards according to USA Today.