Taking a stand for real milk
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Fresh liquid milk is a premium quality, short shelf-life food of immense nutritional value that has for generations been a fundamental pillar of the Australian rural and regional economies and communities; unlike less nutritional plant derived liquids calling themselves ‘milks’.
Industry advocacy group Dairy Connect invites you to support its petition for truth in labelling for processed plant liquids sold to retail consumers as ‘milks’.
Non-dairy liquids marketed nationally include soy, cashew, almond, oat, hemp, rice and coconut extracts. All of which utilise vastly different methods of production to that of cows milk.
Cows milk also generally contains higher levels of protein and a wider range of vitamins and minerals.
For further information refer to nutritionist Catherine Saxelby's comments regarding this issue.
It is for these reasons that Dairy Connect would like to bring to the attention of our food policy makers that the traditional definition of 'milk' and other dairy terms such as 'cheese', 'cream' and 'yoghurt' are defined by FSANZ as being derived from the "mammary secretions of milking animals". As written in their Standards Code 2.5, seen here: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2015L00462
We have already witnessed such action be applied in the European Union, as their Court of Justice similarly felt that the need to differentiate the labelling between the two vastly different product types was significant.
In their release, they cited that the use of traditional dairy terminology on plant-based labels was a source "of confusion on the part of consumers": https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2017-06/cp170063en.pdf.
Dairy Connect encourages all supporters of Australian Dairy to show their support for our movement by signing the petition on this page and sharing the campaign with fellow milk drinkers.
Update: A new study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has revealed that choosing dairy milk may make a difference when it comes to childhood height.
In a study of 5,000 Canadian children, researchers found that those at age three who drank three cups of non-dairy milk alternatives each day were 1.5 cm shorter, on average, than their dairy milk-drinking peers.
Find the full journal article here: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/106/2/597.full.pdf+html
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