Washington, DC – A review conducted by Linkage Research and Consulting, commissioned by the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), of more than 7,000 public comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the use of dairy terms for plant-based milks and other dairy alternatives, found that an overwhelming majority of the submissions are in favor of allowing plant-based foods to use dairy terms on labels. Last fall, FDA solicited public input through a Request for Information to help the agency determine if any action is warranted.
Looking back on PBFA’s third year, I am so proud to share all the tremendous progress we have made. We ended year three with 135 company members, more than 100 affiliate and investor members, and firmly solidified our role as the unifying voice in the growing plant-based foods industry.
Year three was filled with policy challenges at both the federal and state levels. I am proud to report PBFA successfully stopped the Dairy Pride Act from moving forward in Congress. We also submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration asserting that restricting “milk” and other dairy terms on labels would be unnecessary, costly, and unconstitutional.
California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian of the 46th Assembly District recently introduced a groundbreaking bill, A.B. 479, dubbed the California Climate-Friendly Food Act, to incentivize K-12 public schools across the state to serve more plant-based foods.
The Plant Based Foods Association is highly supportive of this bill because it means we could increase access to plant-based meal options for six million students! By providing additional reimbursement to schools that serve a plant-based entrée or milk option, A.B. 479 will help level the playing field for plant-based foods in schools in California.
We are very proud of the extensive media coverage of our launch. Here are some examples:
Trade Group Lobbying for Plant-Based Foods Takes a Seat in Washington
Food business reporter Stephanie Strom covers our launch in today’s New York Times. She writes:
The trade associations representing the beef, pork and poultry industries are among the most powerful lobbies in Washington. And they are about to get some company.
Read the entire story at the New York Times ….
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