EU-28: European Court Prohibits Use of Dairy Names for Non-Dairy Products

On June 14, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that plant-based products cannot be labeled with dairy names such as "milk" or "butter" even if the plant origin is clearly indicated on the label. The ECJ ruling gives a very strict interpretation of the EU's rules on the use of designations reserved for milk and milk products. It prohibits the use of reserved dairy names in association with plant-based products unless the names are explicitly included in an EU-list of authorized exceptions.

EU-28: European Court Prohibits Use of Dairy Names for Non-Dairy Products