Oklahoma lawmaker wants to remove "milk" from milk alternatives

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(KXII) - If you use a plant-based milk alternative, a new bill in Oklahoma could change what you call it.

House Bill 2994, written by State Rep. Jim Grego (R-Wilburton), would prohibit the label of milk on food products not derived from animals.

The bill would add changes to the Oklahoma Milk and Milk Products Act, most notably changing the definition of milk to mean the lacteal secretion of hooved mammals including cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats, yaks, deer, reindeer, moose, horses and donkeys.

Added to the act is a measure to ban products not made from animal products that continue to use the 'milk' label.

The measure would affect plant-based products such as soy, cashew, coconut and almond milk.

The bill comes nearly 20 years after declaring milk the official state drink of Oklahoma.

If passed, the bill would go into effect Nov. 1.