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How to Read a Label for Milk Allergy

October 2009



Milk Allergy Avoidance List
Hidden ingredient names for milk protein

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Effective January 1, 2006, foods covered by the FDA labeling laws that contain milk must be labeled in plain English to declare that it “contains milk.” However, there are many foods and products that are not covered by FDA allergen labeling laws, so it is still important to know how to read a label for milk ingredients.

Products exempt from plain English labeling rules: foods that are not regulated by the FDA, cosmetics and personal care products, prescription and over‐the‐counter medications or supplements, pet food, toys and crafts.


The following ingredients found on a label indicate the presence of milk protein. All labels should be read carefully before consuming a product, even if it has been used safely in the past.

Contain Milk:

Butter [artificial butter, artificial butter flavor, butter, butter extract, butter fat, butter flavored oil, butter solids, dairy butter, natural butter, natural butter flavor, whipped butter]

Casein & caseinates [ammonium caseinate, calcium caseinate, magnesium caseinate, potassium caseinate, sodium caseinate, hydrolyzed casein, iron caseinate, zinc caseinate]

Cheese [cheese (all types), cheese flavor (artificial and natural), cheese food, cottage cheese, cream cheese, imitation cheese, vegetarian cheeses with casein]

Milk Cream, whipped cream
Curds
Custard
Dairy product solids
Galactose
Ghee
Half & Half
Hydrolysates [casein hydrolysate, milk protein hydrolysate, protein hydrolysate, whey hydrolysate, whey protein hydrolysate]

Ice cream, ice milk, sherbet
Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate
Lactate solids
Lactyc yeast
Lactitol monohydrate
Lactoglobulin
Lactose
Lactulose

Milk [acidophilus milk, buttermilk, buttermilk blend, buttermilk solids, cultured milk, condensed milk, dried milk, dry milk solids (DMS), evaporated milk, fat‐free milk, fully cream milk powder, goat’s milk, Lactaid® milk, lactose-free milk, low‐fat milk, malted milk, milk derivative, milk powder, milk protein, milk solids, milk solid pastes, non‐fat dry milk, non‐fat milk, non‐fat milk solids, pasteurized milk, powdered milk, sheep’s milk, skim milk, skim milk powder, sour milk, sour milk solids, sweet cream buttermilk powder, sweetened condensed milk, sweetened condensed skim milk, whole milk, 1% milk, 2% milk]

Milk fat, anhydrous milk fat
Nisin preparation
Nougat
Pudding
Quark
Recaldent
Rennet, rennet casein
Simplesse (fat replacer)
Sour cream, sour cream solids, imitation sour cream
Whey  [acid whey, cured whey, delactosed whey, demineralized whey, hydrolyzed whey, powdered whey, reduced mineral whey, sweet dairy whey, whey, whey protein, whey protein concentrate, whey powder, whey solids]

Yogurt (regular or frozen), yogurt powder

May Contain Milk:

Natural flavoring
Flavoring
Caramel flavoring
High protein flour
Lactic acid (usually not a problem)
Lactic acid starter culture
“Non-dairy” products may contain casein
Rice cheese
Soy cheese



Should be Safe:

Lactoferrin
Tagatose (Naturlose)

These milk derivatives should be safe for most individuals with milk allergy, but check with your doctor before using.



Milk Free Recipes from Safe Eats™

The following free recipes are available for you to preview the quality of our Safe Eats™ Recipes for the avoidance of milk. To access all of our great allergen-free recipes, sign up for a Family Membership.

Milk-Free Caramel

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Milk-Free Stroganoff

Dairy-Free Beefy Mac

Milk-Free Hot Chocolate
Milk Free Rice Nog
Rice Nog




Compiled by Debra A. Indorato R.D., L.D.N., member of KFA's Medical Advisory Team.
Approved by KFA's Medical Advisory Team January 2006. Revised April 2006, December 2006, July 2007 and October 2009.






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