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Have a voice in dairy policy. Contact your legislators—here's a list of U.S. Congressional representatives and federal offices involved in agriculture.

Do you have questions about dairy policy? Contact Jodi Hoynoski, Executive Director, Holstein Identification and Member Services, 802.451.4261 or by email.

U.S. House Committee
on Agriculture
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House Agriculture Committee

U.S. Senate Committee
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Senate Agriculture Committee

Members:
K. Michael Conaway, chair, Texas
Collin C. Peterson, ranking member, Minnesota

Members:
Pat Roberts, chair, Kansas
Debbie Stabenow, ranking member, Michigan

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
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Sonny Perdue

U.S. House of Representatives
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U.S. Senate
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Agriculture Position Statements

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Milk Labeling

On behalf of its 25,000 dairy farmer members nationwide, Holstein Association USA supports legislation that enforces labeling terms being used to market imitation products containing no real dairy ingredients.

The Dairy Pride Act has been introduced in the Senate (S.130) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 778). These acts would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action against misbranded, plant-based beverages that are inappropriately using dairy terms, especially “milk.”

FDA regulations (CFR 131.110) define “milk” as a product of a cow, with similar definitions for yogurt and cheese products. Though existing federal policy is clear on this subject, FDA has not challenged the labeling practices of imitators made out of nuts, beans, seeds and grains, which have been branding themselves with dairy-specific terms. This practice misleads consumers into thinking these products provide similar nutritional qualities found in real milk and other dairy products, when in reality, they do not.

The lack of enforcement on proper dairy labelling terms in the United States differs from that of similar nations, which police the matter closely. For example, in Canada, you will find the same brand of almond beverage labelled as “almond milk” in the US, but the word “milk” cannot be found on the product’s label in Canada.

Dairy farmers work hard to provide consumers with nutritious food, and ensure they meet FDA’s high standards. These bills uphold the high-standards and integrity that farmers practice every day to produce wholesome, high-quality milk, and support consumption of real dairy products.

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National Dairy Council
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National Milk Producers Federation

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