The Good Food Institute (GFI) has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to disclose records “related to FDA’s regulatory treatment of the common and usual name ‘soy milk’ or ‘soymilk’ to refer to a liquid food derived from the cooking and processing of whole soybeans with water.” Good Food Inst. v. FDA, No. 16-1052 (D.D.C., filed June 6, 2016).
The organization asserts that FDA has been inconsistent in its opinion of “soy milk,” citing two warning letters to soy-milk producers requesting them to use “soy beverage” or “soy drink” instead. “Notwithstanding FDA’s varying positions on the matter, many major brands of soy milk continue to label their products as ‘soy milk’ or ‘soymilk.’ This has resulted in consumer confusion and an uneven competitive landscape,” the complaint argues. GFI submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to FDA in April 2016 and asserts that it only received a partial response; its lawsuit now seeks to compel full disclosure of the documents requested.