Dairy Connect wants the Federal Government to bring milk labeling laws into line with the European Union.
Dairy Connect wants the Federal Government to bring milk labeling laws into line with the European Union.

Is it real milk? No whey

IF IT doesn't come from the udder of a hoofed farm animal can it be called milk?

Dairy Connect, a dairy farmers advocacy group, doesn't think so.

It launched a petition to pressure the Federal Government to ban soy, almond, rice and coconut milk producers from using the word "milk” on their labelling.

The petition states non-dairy liquids marketed nationally including those made from soy, cashew, almond, oat, hemp, rice and coconut extracts all utilise vastly different production methods to that of cows milk.

Dairy Connect chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan said the evolving range plant-based "milk” products mislead consumers into thinking they have the same nutritional benefits as animal milk.

"We have seen a rise in the number of dairy-imitations made from plants,” Mr Morgan said.

"We believe that this has been the source of confusion among consumers, some of whom equate the great nutritional benefits of cows' milk with the plant drink alternatives.”

Dairy Connect's efforts follow a recent decision by the European Union Court of Justice to force producers to differentiate between dairy and plant derived products.

"In light of this, we would like to see Australia keep up with the progressive dairy labelling laws in overseas markets and we support the initiatives being progressed in Europe and the United States,” Mr Morgan said.

About 81% of South Burnett Times reader think we shouldn't label plant based liquids as milk.

We ran a poll last week and the results broadly supported changes to the labelling laws.

Here are a few Facebook comments:

Jess Tomlinson: It's not really milk is it, more like genetically modified soy juice and almond juice.

Kalila Grevell: Has to be called milk, who can say nut juice with a straight face?

Mac Blue: NO! Damn Whey Whatsoever!

Mereleen Hoo Ke: I produce almond milk from my herd of little almonds.

Thompsen Craig: Almonds are poisonous, if you can't eat it raw you should not eat it.

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