FDA to issue guidance document on plant-based milk, food product labelling

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September 16, 2022, 11:24 AM GMT+0

The Administration is looking to publish the document in December this year.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing guidance for labelling of plant-based alternatives to animal-derived food. The body is currently seeking public input on the matter and has released a list of guidance topics that includes subject categories like cosmetics, dietary supplements and plant-based milk alternatives.

Items listed under plant-based alternatives to animal-derived food is likely to include imitation eggs. The inclusion of imitation eggs comes as a relief to dairy egg producers frustrated by the potential for consumer confusion in the plant-based food space.

In 2018, the International Food Information Council released findings from a survey of 1000 US adults noting that 9% of the respondents thought that coconut, soy and almond milk contained cow’s milk. Similarly, a significant number of respondents also indicated that they were not sure whether such plant-based milk varieties contain cow’s milk or not.

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