The U.S. dairy industry is part of the backbone of our country's food supply and a market leader on the global stage. This next fiscal year, the House of Representatives is putting its money where its mouth is with a House-approved appropriations bill funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration for the next fiscal year. It will include fundamental advances for dairy, which the National Milk Producers Federation applauds. Three cheers, please!
“Today’s House appropriations bill represents key gains for dairy and all of agriculture,” said Jim Mulhern, President, and CEO of NMPF. “We especially thank the lawmakers who took extra steps to assist producers, and we look forward to working with senators as the legislation advances through Congress.”
The bill, which passed with bipartisan support, includes provisions that were top priorities for NMPF as the group looks to assist dairy producers nationwide, according to a press release.
Within the bill, dairy’s gains include and communicate these main points and issues:
Urges the FDA in multiple ways to enforce dairy product standards of identity. Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), with bipartisan support from 18 of his colleagues, added an amendment on the House floor, directing FDA to allocate $5 million to enforce federal rules that reserve dairy-product terms for real dairy products. The committee report also directs the FDA to finally start enforcing dairy product standards of identity pursuant to a review process it began two years ago following pressure from NMPF and Congress.
As of now, the Senate has yet to begin work on its own appropriations measures.Stay tuned to Deli Market News as we advocate for the dairy industry and beyond!