Processors pour out reasons to offer Americans big glass of fake milk


If a few American dairy processors have their way with the agbiz-pliant U.S. Department of Agriculture, American consumers will be buying milk, cheese and other dairy products altered with items not approved as food ingredients by the Food and Drug Administration.
Milk protein concentrates. In fact, most Americans are already buying and consuming dairy products that contain a dairy derivative, milk protein concentrates, or MPCs, not “Generally Recognized as Safe,” by the FDA.
Moreover, according to a proposed rule published in the Oct. 19 Federal Register, milk’s big boys also want to alter the recipe for cheese making to include “ultrafiltered milk,” a product, they argue, “will promote honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers and


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Alan Guebert was raised on an 800-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm. After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1980, he served as a writer and editor at Professional Farmers of America, Successful Farming magazine and Farm Journal magazine. His syndicated agricultural column, The Farm and Food File, began in June, 1993, and now appears weekly in more than 70 publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. He and spouse Catherine, a social worker, have two adult children.