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How to Read a Label for Milk Allergy
Milk Allergy Avoidance List
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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.
Cream, whipped cream
Dairy product solids
Half & Half
Ice cream, ice milk, sherbet
Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate
Milk fat, anhydrous milk fat
Rennet, rennet casein
Simplesse (fat replacer)
Sour cream, sour cream solids, imitation sour cream
Yogurt (regular or frozen), yogurt powder
May Contain Milk:Natural flavoring
High protein flour
Lactic acid (usually not a problem)
Lactic acid starter culture
“Non-dairy” products may contain casein
Should be Safe:Lactoferrin
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.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
Dairy-Free Beefy Mac
Milk-Free Hot Chocolate
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.