The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidelines for soy plant products that include new labelling requirements.
The agency announced Monday that the soy products labeled as soy milk are no longer labeled as being made with cow’s milk, a move that is intended to encourage consumers to buy a variety of products made with soy milk instead of just soy protein products.
The new rules were announced by the agency’s science and technology office and include a requirement for a statement on the label that includes the soy content of the product.
The USDA says the labels are being finalized to allow for the most accurate information to be made available for consumers.
Department of Agriculture has said that a variety can be made from soy, corn, wheat, rice, or any combination of these ingredients.
The guidelines also require that soy milk be labelled as containing no more than one percent of soy protein.
The labeling will help consumers understand the soy protein content, the agency said.
“In addition to improving consumer understanding of the ingredients in soy milk, the new rules will help to ensure consumers can be confident in their choices when choosing soy products,” said USDA Deputy Commissioner Mary Schapiro.
“For consumers who are unfamiliar with soy, soy protein, and the science of soy products, we hope the guidance helps clarify the differences between the soy plant and other soy products to make it easier for them to make informed choices.”
Soy plant products are widely used in soy production, with the soy milk industry accounting for nearly one-quarter of the soybean imports.
In 2015, the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that U.M. and Europe accounted for roughly 80 percent of the world’s soybean production.
The Soy Bean Production Act of 1992, which established the U,M.S., Soybean Production Act, is considered the first law that established the United States as a major producer of soybeans.
The law stipulates that the U.,M.M., and European soybean farmers must plant an average of 60 percent of their total acreage of soybean each year to meet the demand of global markets.
The industry uses a wide variety of plant species, including soybeans, alfalfa, cotton, and canola.
In the past, soybeans have been genetically modified to tolerate certain chemicals, including dicamba, a chemical that was banned by the EPA in 2004.