Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Clear
Temperature
58°F
Dew Point
40°F
Humidity
51%
Wind
CM at 0 mph
Barometer
30.22 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
05:24 a.m.
Sunset
08:23 p.m.
Evening Forecast (7:00pm-Midnight)
Temperatures will range from 71 to 47 degrees with clear skies. Winds will range between 1 and 7 miles per hour from the southeast. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Friday
71°F / 41°F
Clear
Saturday
75°F / 48°F
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
68°F / 57°F
Light Rain
Monday
75°F / 63°F
Light Rain
Tuesday
82°F / 59°F
Light Rain
Wednesday
77°F / 59°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
78°F / 60°F
Light Rain
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Friday...Temperatures will range from a high of 71 to a low of 41 degrees with clear skies. Winds will range between 1 and 7 miles per hour from the southsoutheast. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 45 to 41 degrees with clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 6 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
Saturday...Temperatures will range from a high of 75 to a low of 48 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 8 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.

NMPF smacks sugar focus of FDA food labeling regulatory efforts

May 5, 2014 | 0 comments

ARLINGTON, VA

The National Milk Producers Federation has soured on efforts by the Food and Drug Administration to devote attention to regulating the names of certain types of sugar, while at the same time the agency is ignoring the misuse of dairy-specific names in foods with no milk content.

In a letter sent as part of an FDA request for comments, NMPF questioned why the FDA is focused on clarifying the common or usual name for "dried cane syrup" or "evaporated cane juice" — a type of dried sugar used as a food ingredient— even as it allows soy, rice, nut and hemp products to define themselves as milk, in violation of long-standing food standards.

"Getting a sugar fix is fine and well, as long as the FDA also turns its attention to a problem that has been ignored for more than a decade," said Beth Briczinski, NMPF vice president of dairy foods & nutrition. "Unfortunately, the agency's lack of effort on misbranded and mislabeled imitation dairy products has left a bitter taste in our mouths."

In the letter sent Monday, March 5, to FDA, NMPF wrote that it is not advising FDA "on an appropriate name for what would be obvious to most consumers is a type of sweetener, but rather to question the Agency's allocation of resources to such an effort. It seems rather disingenuous for the Agency to utilize its often-referenced 'limited resources' to issue additional labeling guidance, while simultaneously not enforcing existing regulations pertaining to the identity of foods" including imitation dairy products, NMPF wrote in the letter.

"The Agency has blatantly disregarded the names displayed on the labels of imitation dairy products (e.g., "soy milk", "rice yogurt", etc.) in the current marketplace. While the FDA has made its position clear through warning letters to several manufacturers…NMPF would argue that these actions have been too infrequent to be effective, essentially creating a labeling landscape free of enforcement."

The letter from NMPF is the latest in a series of correspondence between the dairy organization and the FDA, dating back to 2000, in which NMPF has urged the agency to enforce existing requirements for the labeling of imitation foods specifying that many milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream substitutes produced from vegetable or plant materials are not nutritionally equivalent to real dairy products.

"Manufacturers of these imitation products have misled American consumers for far too long — making a mockery of currently labeling regulations — by usurping the 'dairy halo' associated with wholesome and nutritious milk and dairy products," the letter said.

The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF's cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. Visit www.nmpf.org for more information.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Page Tools

Search

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement