Reading Food Labels for Milk Ingredients
Knowing how to read a food label will help you avoid problems caused by ingredients in foods. The following terms are "labelese" for milk ingredients. The Food Allergy Network has pocket-sized laminated cards with common ingredient listings for different food groups.
Please note that each country has its own laws regarding food labelling. For Canada, check out the link for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
For more detailed information about milk allergy and milk intolerance, refer to the Milk Allergy section on the Articles page.
Terms that indicate the presence of cow's-milk protein
|artificial butter flavor
||sour cream solids
|dry milk solids
||sour milk solids
|half & half
||whey protein concentrate
The letter "D" on the front label of a product indicates the product may contain cow's-milk protein.
Terms they MAY indicate the presence of milk protein:
- caramel color
- caramel flavoring
- high protein flour
- natural flavoring
According to the Food Allergy Network newsletter, "pareve" products are not necessarily milk-free for the purposes of avoidance due to severe milk allergy. Check with the supplier.
According to a Dietietics manual, the terms "stearyl-2-lactylate", "lactic acid" and "lactate" are additives NOT derived from milk.