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WCMA Member Alert: FDA Guidance Change on Labeling Ultrafiltered Milk in Cheese

After years of lobbying efforts by WCMA and national dairy organizations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is announcing it will exercise enforcement discretion regarding the use and labeling of fluid ultrafiltered milk (UF milk) and fluid ultrafiltered nonfat milk (UF nonfat milk) to make standardized cheeses and cheese products.

The FDA is taking this action now due to international trade changes that triggered oversupply issues with domestically-produced UF milk.

While the FDA is encouraging cheese manufacturers to identify fluid ultrafiltered milk and fluid ultrafiltered nonfat milk, when feasible and appropriate, on their product labels, it does not intend to take action against companies that do not declare these items in ingredient statements. Of course, labels still must declare milk or nonfat milk in the ingredient statement.

For more information, check out these links.
Ultrafiltered Milk in the Production of Standardized Cheeses and Related Cheese Products: Guidance for Industry
Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 Part 133 – Cheese and Related Cheese Products
Requirements for Specific Standardized Cheeses and Related Products (Standards of Identity for Specific Cheeses)

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