Milk Labelling bill Pt 1
Senator Doug Ericksen who introduced Senate Bill 5349 prohibiting makers of milk-substitute products from calling their products "milk" ...
ERICKSEN ... "I represent a strong dairy area in Whatcom county and our dairy farmers are doing a phenomenal job and they put out a great product and that is called "milk." And, I think we need some truth in labeling with regards to what milk products actually are. They've invested a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of marketing to have a great brand for the product which is milk. So, when people go out and buy milk they should expect they're getting a product that comes from a cow. When other industry groups try and call something soy milk or almond milk, they're really not being truthful in their labeling and people need to know that that's not actually a milk product."
Why is it important?
ERICKSEN ... "On two fronts, I think it's important for our dairy industry, when they've invested their time, energy and resources to create a brand called. I also think it's important for consumers. You know, we need truth in labeling laws. Somebody wouldn't expect to walk into a grocery store and buy something that says eggs or bread, and it's not eggs or bread, so why would it be any different with milk."
Ericksen says if the FDA won't enforce labeling laws, then maybe we can do something about it here in Washington state.
Listen tomorrow for more on this milk labeling bill.