Plant and nut-based beverages that market and label themselves as “milk” have steadily gotten more room on the grocery store shelves over the years, packed next to the traditional dairy products that have seen demand shrink over time.
Now, one Virginia lawmaker wants to make sure consumers don’t confuse the two.
Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, filed a bill Monday that would define milk as coming from a “healthy hooved mammal” such as a cow, goat, yak or reindeer. If it passes, the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services would have to come up with a plan to ban the sale of any imposter liquid branded as milk. That would include drinks like almond milk, soy milk and oat milk.