(A) The current market conditions and labeling costs of plant-based products;
(B) consumer understanding, perception, purchase, and consumption of plant-based products, particularly those manufactured to resemble dairy foods such as, for example, milk, cultured milk, yogurt, and cheese;
(C) consumer understanding regarding the basic nature, characteristics, and properties of these plant-based products;
(D) consumer understanding of the nutritional content of plant-based products and dairy foods and the effect, if any, on consumer purchases and use; and
(E) the role of plant-based products and dairy foods in meeting the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines.”In the request for comment, the FDA provides background on the legal framework for naming food products and sets out more specific questions in each of the above general categories. Interested stakeholders have until November 27, 2018 to submit comments to the FDA on these questions. Alli Condra focuses her practice on food safety, labeling, and other regulatory issues in the food & beverage and restaurant industries, representing clients in matters with the FDA, USDA, and state and local food and agriculture agencies. Alli can be reached via email at AllisonCondra@dwt.com or directly at 503.778.5261.