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Why is milk called dairy milk on this milk carton?

milk carton

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    Because it comes from a dairy? Anyway, the usage of the word milk is a larger issue, as there are other products such as almond milk or soy milk that don't come from cows. Some say these shouldn't be able to use the word "milk" to describe them. – user3169 Dec 15 '17 at 2:30
  • @user3169 Post it as an answer. – CinCout Dec 15 '17 at 6:23
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I suppose the basic reason is because it comes from a dairy.

Anyway, the usage of the word milk is a larger issue, as there are other products such as almond milk or soy milk that don't come from cows.

Some "dairy" milk concerns say these products shouldn't be able to use the word milk to describe them. Supposedly the "dairy" milk companies don't want to lose market share to the similarly named products, so labeling becomes important.

By definition you can find both cases. See milk.

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  • I think it would be more accurate to say the milk comes from dairy animals, i.e. dairy cows and sometimes dairy goats, regardless of the type of facility where they are milked. – choster Dec 15 '17 at 20:01
  • Couldn't find the word "dairy" on goat's milk products that I checked online, though. – user3169 Dec 16 '17 at 4:30
  • They are definitely called dairy goats in the U.S., but the agricultural definition of dairy may differ from culinary or economic usages. – choster Dec 16 '17 at 4:47

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