Letter to the editor: What’s in a name? The milk debate.
May 15, 2019
Products that are similar to milk should not be labeled as milk. Milk is defined by dictionary.com
as the liquid secreted by cows, goats, or certain other animals and used by humans for food or as
a source of butter, cheeses, yogurt, etc. The FDA has a very similar definition.
If things like soy milk are to be called milk, then the definition of milk must be changed. Things
like soy milk and almond milk don’t come from living animals and therefore do not fit the
definition of milk.
Changing the labeling would help decrease confusion. A poll conducted by Ipsos found that a
majority of Americans think the FDA should enforce its rules and definition of milk and that
only dairy companies should be able to use the term milk. Also, some countries have already
banned the use of the word milk for products similar to milk that aren’t dairy products. These
countries include countries like Great Britain and France. The United States should not allow
products like milk that aren’t dairy to be labeled as milk.
Marshfield High School