Baldwin, Duffy push for legislation to change labeling on non-dairy products

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAW) -- Milk. Ice cream. Cheese. Yogurt. There's all kinds of varieties of these foods that claim to be dairy products, but they're actually made from almonds, cashews, or other plant-based foods. Wisconsin legislators on both sides of the aisle are trying to change the way those non-dairy varieties are labeled.

"At the same time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started taking greater action on this topic by investigating the harm that can occur when products are mislabeled and hold themselves out as products that they aren't," Democratic senator Tammy Baldwin tells NewsChannel 7. "That process is not quite true, and I reintroduce the Dairy Pride Act to jointly push the FDA to do its job."

Republican congressman Sean Duffy (7th District), who serves as co-chairman for the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, is also co-sponsoring similar bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives. It would require the FDA to take action against manufacturers who label their plant-based beverages as milk.

"You can't milk an almond, and the FDA must clarify and enforce the definition of milk that's already on the books, that milk comes from cows," Duffy wrote. "Wisconsin dairy farmers and consumers across the country deserve this important clarification. I'm proud that both my Republican and Democrat colleagues have continued to pressure the FDA to fix this."