Why do you allow non-dairy milks (almond, soy etc) to still be called milk?

The labelling of 'milk' is governed by the The Australia/New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSANZ). There is a current government review of the topic and a recommendation to address labelling definitions of milk.

Last updated 30/04/2021

The labelling of all food including 'milk' is governed by the The Australia/New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSANZ). Currently, prescribed names such as 'milk' can be used on other foods provided context is given. For example, with soy milk, the soy component indicates the product is not a dairy product and therefore abides by the rules.

The last decade has seen an increasing number of plant-based products marketed as dairy alternatives (i.e. those made from soy, nuts, coconut, rice and peas). Many of these products do not resemble cow's milk from a nutritional perspective and therefore has the potential to confuse consumers.

There is a current government review of food labelling. The Australian Dairy Farmers peak body is encouraging a holistic review of the topic including labelling definitions of milk.

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