Call for label clarification
Australia had fallen behind the United States, the European Union, Canada, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand in regulating the use of dairy terms, according to national advocacy group Dairy Connect.
The group’s chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan said consumers had the right to know clearly when they were not buying real dairy products.
He was commenting on an article by International Dairy Federation director general Caroline Emond, in which Ms Emond said: ‘‘A plant-based substance is no alternative to animal milk in terms of its composition, texture, taste and nutritional value. A liquid plant-based product that bears a resemblance to milk can be referred to as a white beverage. It is erroneous to call it milk. You can’t milk a nut.’’
The US Food and Drug Administration plans to ban the use of the word ‘milk’ to describe plant-sourced products in an attempt to avoid confusion among consumers.
Mr Morgan said that in Australia plant-sourced products such as soy, almond, hazelnut, cashew, macadamia, oat, hemp, flax seed, quinoa, pea and rice were being labelled as milk.
‘‘They are being marketed as alternatives to milk and dairy products to take advantage of the great nutritional reputation of dairy,’’ he said.
‘‘Milk and plant-sourced products have different nutritional characteristics and therefore each of these products is not a substitute for the other.
‘‘Some plant products contain protein, but the quality is not comparable to animal protein as they do not contain all the essential amino acids.’’
Mr Morgan said dairy foods were excellent sources of calcium, vitamins B2 and B12, highquality protein, and carbohydrates.
■ Ms Emond’s article can be found at: https://www.filidf.org/clampdown-onmilking-a-name-to-marketvegan-substitute/
Term in dispute . . . The ingredients label for almond milk.
Question . . . Is soy milk really milk?