“Only real milk deserves to be called milk,” says WA lawmaker

A Washington state senator has introduced a bill that would ban labeling plant-based products as “milk.”

The lawmaker is Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale. He’s targeting non-dairy milk-substitute beverages. The makers of those products market them as soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk, etc.

“Consumers deserve to know the truth,” Ericksen said in a statement sent to KAPP-KVEW. “These products aren’t milk. Unfortunately, federal regulators have been slow to crack down on products that purport to be milk, and states are forced to take action.”

“Only real milk deserves to be called milk,” he added.

A similar “truth-in-labeling” law is taking effect in North Carolina: if it doesn’t come from a hoofed animal, it can’t be called milk.

Sen. Ericksen represents Whatcom County, where many dairy farmers do business. He has the support of the Northwest Dairy Association.

The measure, Senate Bill 5349, is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks Committee at 1:30 p.m. in January 29.

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