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5@5: Is plant-based milk still 'milk'? | A natural beverage entrepreneur's big comeback

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

Don't call it soy milk, Rep. Welch says

Two dozen members of Congress sent a letter to the commissioner of the FDA requesting that the agency enforce the definition of "milk" and require plant-based milk makers to find a different name for their products. Read more at Burlington Free Press...


A founder of Odwalla tries to recapture his mojo

In the late 1990s, a food safety scandal turned Odwalla from a multimillion-dollar breakout beverage business to one that was on the verge of bankruptcy and had to be sold to a private equity firm (which later sold it to Coca-Cola). Now, Greg Steltenpohl, the saxophonist-turned-beverage-entrepreneur who started Odwalla, is giving it another go as cofounder and CEO of plant-based milk company Califia Farms, which is headed for $100 million in sales this year. But Steltenpohl says he's learned from his experience and doesn't have plans to"sell out" this time. Read more at The New York Times...


Court dismisses Honest Co. baby formula suit as organic group files appeal

Jessica Alba's company has been criticized for ingredients in its sunscreen, detergent and infant formula, but the Los Angeles Superior Court just dismissed a complaint filed by the nonprofit the Organic Consumers Association, which claimed that Honest's baby formula contained 11 synthetic substances not allowed in organic products. Read more at Forbes...


Under threat in Washington, first lady's food legacy may live on elsewhere

Even after the transition to a new administration, Partnership for a Healthier America, which Michelle Obama helped create, will continue its work forging private sector partnerships to improve nutrition and labeling of products. Read more at Reuters...


Omega Protein to plead guilty, pay $1.2M in wastewater cases

The Austin-based company will plead guilty to charges that it improperly discharged wastewater under the Clean Water Act at its Abbeville, Louisiana plant. Read more at Undercurrent News....

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