The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering proposals to allow dairy producers to reduce the amount of milk in yoghurt. This follows a National Yogurt Association campaign for the right to use of ingredients such as milk protein concentrates.
Milk protein concentrates, known as MPCs, are the byproduct of milk production. Unlike many dairy products, they face very few import restrictions with the U.S. market, and the majority of these ingredients are manufactured outside the US.
The National Yoghurt Association believes that even the proposals are passed, the amount of MPCs used in yoghurt production would be minimal. This is because the new standards call for a minimum of 51 per cent Grade A dairy products.
The National Yogurt Association believes that the current regulations are outdated, and believes that the new proposed standard would allow yogurt manufacturers to update the product as the market demands.
The US dairy industry is facing the lowest milk prices in 25 years and is worried about any developments that could take a further toll on its farmers. The number of dairy farmers in the country has decreased sharply in the last decade.
The FDA is currently reviewing the National Yoghurt Association's petition.