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USDA and FDA recently released rules with severe consequences for dairy farmers and the dairy industry. Your assistance is needed by providing your comments to both USDA and FDA with an explanation of why it is necessary for them to address your concerns and make the necessary changes to these two proposed rules.
Issue 1: Proposed Rule Impacting School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
USDA has issued a proposed rule revising the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). Currently, nearly 30 million kids rely on these programs to provide an essential source of nutrition-to kids from all socio-economic backgrounds- including some who are food insecure at home.
The proposed changes will limit chocolate and other flavored milk options for children in the younger grade levels. Sugars in yogurt and dairy products along with sodium restrictions will all be reduced under these new far-reaching guidelines impacting flavored milk and cheese offerings in school lunch and breakfast programs. Simply put, children will eat what tastes good. I do not provide them with tasty nutritional sources- the dietary guidelines will end up in the trash along with the food.
Issue 2: FDA Guidance on Labeling of Plant-Based Milk Alternatives
FDA released its draft guidance at the end of February recommending that plant-based, fake milk alternative products that include the term ‘milk’ in their name, and that have a nutrient composition that is unlike milk, may include a voluntary nutrient statement on the label that conveys how the product compares with milk based on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) fluid milk substitutes nutrient criteria.
The FDA draft guidance allows the food industry to continue to use the term 'milk' to describe fake alternatives with no plan to enforce the FDA's current policy standards of identity for milk. You can read more on the topichere
Please submit comments at the link below by April 24th, 2023 voicing your concerns.