Taking a stand for real milk. Dairy Connect’s online petition.
Dairy advocacy group Dairy Connect has taken its campaign against plant sourced extracts to a new level with a Change.org online petition targeting food and consumer product regulators nationally.
The petition seeks public support for the appropriate enforcement of consumer labelling of dairy milk and other dairy products and of plant-sourced alternatives.
Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said today there was a constantly evolving range of so-called & labelled ‘milk’ products vying for consumer attention.
“We have seen a rise in the number of dairy-imitations made from plants,” he 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 said the traditional definition of milk by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand was a liquid drink derived from the ‘mammary secretions of milking animals’.
Benefits of truth in labelling for consumers would include:
- A clearer distinction between the two product types, including potential presence of allergens or intolerances;
- Greater consumer awareness about the nutritional variations between traditional fresh dairy milk and plant drinks describing themselves as milks;
- Greater clarity regarding the methods of formulation used in the two different categories
Shaughn Morgan said the European Union Court of Justice this year ruled in favour of the need to differentiate between dairy products 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,” he said.
“We encourage members of the community and industry stakeholders to show their support for dairy farmers by signing the petition and sharing the campaign.”
The Dairy Connect petition is available at: