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Who Owns the Word “Milk”?

For years, the dairy industry has been trying to make it illegal for nondairy milk companies to use the word “milk,” asserting that the word “milk” should be used to refer only to the lacteal secretions of cows. Today, I’m joined by Michele Simon, public health lawyer and director of the first trade group to represent plant-based foods companies, to talk about the history and motives behind this agenda.

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In this episode

Today, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau invites Michele Simon onto Animalogy to discuss:

  • the legal definitions of milk, ice cream, cheese, butter, and yogurt as they pertain to food labeling
  • the history of the FDA and their response to the decades-long attempt by the dairy industry to prohibit plant-based companies to use certain words
  • the “standards of identity” established under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FDC) Act of 1938
  • how plant-based foods companies are responding 
  • the lawsuit against Hampton Creek and the word “mayo” on their labels
  • what the dairy industry is so afraid of that they are using Congress to pass a bill to squelch competition with the Dairy Pride Act
  • the Plant-Based Foods Association, the first trade group of its kind
  • what the public can do in response to the Dairy Pride Act
  • Ted Treegarden

    Irony of ironies is milk also means to defraud, exploit and get all possible advantage from someone or situation.

    • Munchkn

      That’s a great observation, Ted.

    • Naijha Wright


    • Yogesh Khandke

      Actually hardly ironical – most appropriate – considering what happens to cows or soya beans after milk is drawn from them

      • Ted Treegarden

        Good one! So true!

  • Shawn Klein

    I guess if they get their wish, mom’s across America will be making their kids peanutproduct and jelly sandwiches lol.

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