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February 7, 2008

Comment period on Labeling of Ultrafiltered Milk in Cheeses closes February 11, 2008

Comment period on labeling of ultrafiltered milk in cheese products ends next week.

Background (from the December 11, 2007 Federal Register Docket announcement--Cheeses and Related Cheese Products; Proposal to Permit the Use of Ultrafiltered Milk; Reopening of the Comment Period):

   In 2005, in response to two citizen petitions, one submitted by the American Dairy Products Institute and another submitted jointly by the National Cheese Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc., and the National Food Processors Association, the FDA issued a proposed rule allowing the use of "ultrafiltered milk" in cheeses and cheese products.

The FDA approved the use of ultrafiltered milk, but also tentatively concluded that fluid UF milk is significantly different in its composition from the starting material "milk'' and, therefore, proposed that fluid UF milk must be declared as "ultrafiltered milk'' in the ingredient statement of the finished cheese.

Some of the comments received on the proposed rules objected to the labeling requirement on the grounds that it would be costly and impracticable, and also that it would be misleading to consumers.

So now FDA is seeking comments only on those two issues:

FDA is seeking public comment only with respect to two of their reasons that:

(1) Due to economic and logistical burdens, it would be impracticable for cheese manufacturers to comply with the labeling requirement; and

(2) the proposed provision to declare fluid UF milk as "ultrafiltered milk'' would be misleading to consumers in that consumers incorrectly believe that cheeses that declare "ultrafiltered milk'' as an ingredient are different from those cheeses that declare "milk'' as an ingredient or "milk and ultrafiltered milk'' as ingredients.

From Food and Water Watch (which wants the ultrafiltered milk to be labeled):

The problem is, ultrafiltered milk isn't the same as milk. Ultrafiltered milk has been filtered to remove things like lactose, minerals, and vitamins.  It is cheaper than fluid milk or powdered milk and that's why the food processing industry wants to use it.  They just don't want you to know about it.

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Here's the part about how to submit comments:

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. 2000P-
0586, by any of the following methods:

Electronic Submissions
   
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the Agency Web site: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments.
Written Submissions
Submit written submissions in the following ways:

FAX: 301-827-6870.

Mail/Hand delivery/Courier [For paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions]: Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

To ensure more timely processing of comments, FDA is no longer accepting comments submitted to the agency by e-mail. FDA encourages you to continue to submit electronic comments by using the Federal eRulemaking Portal or the agency Web site, as described previously, in the ADDRESSES portion of this document under Electronic Submissions.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket No(s). and Regulatory Information Number (RIN) (if a RIN number has been assigned) for this rulemaking. All comments received may be posted without change to http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/default.htm,
including any personal information provided. For additional information on submitting comments, see the "Comments'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

February 7, 2008 in Ingredients, Labeling | Permalink

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Dear members of the FDA, I implore you to not pass this law giving food producers the right to put this ultrafiltered milk in products, especially cottage cheese. I am fighting for my life now and have been doing so for the last two years. I need the ingredients in today,s cottage cheese, and if they put this into it, it will leave out the special vitamins and minerals I need to survive. You people are supposed to be watching out for the masses of Americans, not getting into bed with these money grabbing companies, no matter how much money they bribe you with.
Please, do what you were created for, to protect the consumer, and in my case along with quite a few more people, try and survive the ravages of cancer.

Thank You
John Forsee

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