JOHN WAYNE’S line to children about drinking milk is getting very confusing in legal and political battles.
A Californian District Court has stayed a case where nut growers have applied to use the term ‘almond milk’ — increasingly popular in hipster cafes.
Another case involves the use of ‘coconut milk’, although this more revolves around slave and child labour used to collect and crush the coconut pulp in India — source of most of the coconut milk and water.
And Soyfoods Association has re-activated its application to the US Food and Drug Administration from 20 years ago to use and set standards for ‘soymilk’, made from soyabeans.
Soymilk is the most popular of the non-cow milks and has captured the growing vegan market. Soymilk is also popular among Hindu Indians (no cow products) and Asians who believe cow milk does not agree with their shorter intestines.
So, now the US National Milk Producers Federation has asked the US Congress to legislate that milk can only be used to describe the product of cows.
It says that describing nut and beans liquids as ‘milk’ is “misleading consumers from the nutritional standpoint.”
It says that with a global surplus of dairy products, allowing other products to be called milk is causing further economic harm to dairy farmers and producers.