Why you can't call almond milk, milk: farmers want RENAMED dairy substitutes because they don't come from an animal
- Terms like almond milk, soy milk and coconut milk could soon be banned in stores
- Terry Richardson, president of Australian Dairy Farmers, has filed a complaint
- He wrote to Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie, who called for the law to be amended
Terms like almond milk and soy milk could soon be banned with farmers who want to put a ban on non-dairy products on the market with a certain word of four letters.
Australian dairy farmer President Terry Richardson has asked Bridget McKenzie, agriculture minister, to review the Australian food standard code and copy EU legislation.
He argued that drinks – derived from almonds, soybeans, coconuts, macadamia nuts and rice – had used the term milk unfairly and hurt dairy farmers financially.
Terms such as almond milk and soy milk could soon be banned by farmers wishing to market a ban on non-dairy products with a certain four-letter word (pictured are Blue Diamond cartons for almond milk available from Woolworths)
& # 39; Over the last decade, an increasing number of plant products have been marketed as dairy alternatives & # 39 ;, he said in the letter to Senator McKenzie.
& # 39; This form of labeling and marketing is wrongly detrimental to the Australian dairy industry. & # 39;
Nutritionist Rosemary Stanton has written blogs and appeared on television arguing that plant-based alternatives to milk, such as soy, had as much calcium as milk because the calcium was added during production.
But she has advised that consumers continue to use dairy products.
Nut-based milk alternatives are also heavily diluted with water and contain a high sugar content, Dr. Stanton at the ABC & # 39; s Ask The Doctor program.
Mr. Richardson quoted a Dairy Australia survey showing that 54 percent of respondents to a survey they have chosen have chosen vegetable milk alternatives because they consider them healthier than dairy products.
Australian dairy farmer's President Terry Richardson wrote Bridget McKenzie, agriculture minister, to ask her to review the Australian food standard code and copy the laws of the European Union (see a journalist in Woolnorth in Tasmania)
In July last year, the IBISWorld research firm estimated that soy and almond milk were an industry of $ 165.8 million, with demand rising over the past five years at an average annual rate of 4.1 percent.
It accused soybean drinkers of the wave.
& # 39; Soy milk accounts for almost the most revenue from the industry, due to its long-standing position in the industry and the popularity of catering establishments such as coffee shops & # 39 ;, their report said.
The dairy sector's call for the Australian government to amend food labeling legislation comes two years after the European Court of Justice to use the terms & # 39; milk & # 39 ;, & # 39; cream & # 39; and & # 39; butter & # 39; for non-dairy products.
Last month the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development voted to ban tofu manufacturers from the terms & # 39; worst & # 39; and & # 39; citizen & # 39; to use to market products that are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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