Mooove Over Cow’s Milk: Why the FDA Should Amend Their Guidelines to Include for Plant-Based Alternatives
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Along with the rise in plant-based alternatives to conventional animal-based foods has been a concern over the use of terms established by the FDA that are specific to animal-based products. Can companies use terms such as "milk" when the product does not come from an animal or "mayo" when the product does not contain eggs? What if a company uses these terms in violation of the FDA's established guidelines and the FDA chooses not to take action? This article explores the history of the FDA, the rise of plant-based alternatives to conventional animal-based foods, consequent litigation and proposed legislation over the use of these defined terms, as well as a proposed solution that the FDA can adopt to combat this ongoing problem.