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FDA tells Kraft it must re-label products containing milk protein concentrates.

FDA has warned Kraft Foods that it cannot continue to label three of its products as containing cheese because they contain milk protein concentrates (MPCs), which are prohibited from U.S. cheese-making. The products cited by FDA include Kraft Singles American, Swiss and Cheddar Pasteurized Process Cheese Food, and Kraft Velveeta Pasteurized Process Cheese Spread.

Following visits to several Kraft facilities last summer, acting Chicago FDA District Director Virginia Connelly wrote to the company warning that the use of MPCs in cheese products "constitutes a violation of [the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act] because the products are represented as foods for which standards of identity have been prescribed by regulation and the use of milk protein concentrate in these products does not conform to the standards." Specifically, the letter notes that current law does not list MPCs "as one of the optional dairy ingredients that may be used in pasteurized process cheese food." The letter, which was dated Dec. 18, 2002, requests that Kraft notify FDA within 15 days of the specific steps that will be taken to correct the alleged violations.

Two senators with more than a passing interest in dairy issues are Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Mark Dayton (D-MN), both from dairy states and both on the Senate Agriculture Committee. The two recently contacted Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson to ask that they be kept informed as FDA pursues compliance actions with Kraft (FDA is part of HHS).
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Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
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Date:Jan 27, 2003
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