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Former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Calls Out FDA Over Lack of Enforcement of Rules Prohibiting Plant Based Beverages Calling Themselves Milk

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 06:09:22 CST

Former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Calls Out FDA Over Lack of Enforcement of Rules Prohibiting Plant Based Beverages Calling Themselves Milk One of the first newsmakers that spoke to the nation's farm broadcast journalists in Kansas City this week at the 2019 National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention was Obama era Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack now serves as the President and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council- and he was asked about the dairy industry's pushback against plant based beverages- and their being named milk.


Being a former federal administrator, Vilsack gives FDA no slack in their claims they don't have the manpower and resources to enforce a rule that is currently on the books that actually prohibits products like soy milk, almond milk and cashew milk to use the term "milk."


Vilsack calls the wording widely adopted by the plant based beverages is deceptive and harmful to consumers- as these products do not have the nutritional profile that can be found in cow's milk.


Listen to the former Secretary take the FDA to task for not doing their job- click on the LISTEN BAR below.



   
   

Tom Vilsack explains why he gives FDA no slack on Milk nomenclature
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