Milk definitions outdated, producers say

06/27/2005 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Milk producers are asking the USDA to reclassify milk sold to yogurt, cheese, sports drink and other manufacturers, a change that would modernize definitions originally established 70 years ago and change a regulated pricing structure the producers say currently penalizes farmers. Recent introductions of low-carbohydrate drinks and drinkable yogurts have stimulated this discussion, and opponents to the change include the president of General Mills' Yoplait division, Robert Waldron, who said "Milk is not a drinkable food product."

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