Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik cosponsored the Dairy Pride Act of 2023 (H.R. 1462) to prohibit milk alternatives or plant-based products from being marketed or misbranded using terms commonly associated with dairy products.

Following recently released draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that allows plant-based products the freedom to use dairy terms despite having none of the nutritional value of milk products, not coming from an animal, nor containing milk as a primary ingredient, the DAIRY PRIDE Act would require the FDA to take enforcement action against manufacturers labeling dairy imitators as milk.

“Our dairy farmers in Upstate New York and the North Country work hard to produce nutritious milk for our communities, and falsely labeling vegan juice as milk is a slap in the face to their hard work,” Stefanik said. “I’m proud to support the integrity of real dairy products by holding the FDA accountable to making sure dairy imitators are not falsely labeled as milk. This will ensure our dairy industry remains strong, and that consumers know the truth about the nutritional value of the products they buy.”