Allergen Alerts: Milk!

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So you’ve discovered that you have a milk allergy. No big deal, right? You just won’t have milk chocolate bars anymore …

I’m afraid to break it to you, my friend. Milk is found in a lot more products than you originally thought. Here’s a list of ingredients or potential ingredients in which your new found nemesis might sneak up on you.

Common sources of milk:

    • Butter, Buttermilk
    • Cheese, curds
    • Cream, ice cream
    • Ghee and butter fat
    • Kefir (milk drink)
    • Kumiss (fermented milk drink)
    • Sour cream
    • Yogourt

Food and products that contain or often contain milk:

    • Artificial butter, butter flavour or butter oil
    • Dark chocolate
    • Baked goods (including some type of breads) and baking mixes
    • Battered and fried foods
    • Broth and bouillons
    • Caramel colouring or flavouring
    • Casseroles, frozen prepared foods
    • Cereals, cookies and crackers
    • Chocolate bars
    • Desserts, for example, custards, frozen yogourts, ice creams and puddings
    • Dips and salad dressings
    • Egg and fat substitutes
    • Fat replacers, for example, Opta™ and Simplesse®
    • Glazes
    • Gravies and sauces
    • High-protein flour
    • Malt-drink mixes
    • Margarine
    • Pâtés and sausages
    • Pizza
    • Potatoes (instant, mashed and scalloped potatoes)
    • Seasonings
    • Soups and soup mixes, cream soups
    • Soy cheese

Other possible sources of milk:

    • Canned tuna, for example, seasoned or mixed with other ingredients for flavour
    • Candy, fruit and granola bars, for example, those containing caramel or chocolate
    • Flavoured coffee, coffee whitener and non-dairy creamer
    • Some french fries (made from potato mixture or mashed potatoes)
    • Some hot dogs, deli and processed meats
    • Nougats
    • Seasoned chips, for example, sour cream and onion
    • Waxes on some fruit and vegetables

Non-food sources of milk:

    • Cosmetics
    • Medications
    • Pet food

Ingredients that do not contain milk protein:

    • Calcium/sodium lactate
    • Calcium/sodium stearoyl lactylate
    • Cocoa butter
    • Cream of tartar
    • Oleoresin

Note: These lists are not complete and may change. Food and food products purchased from other countries, through mail-order or the Internet, are not always produced using the same manufacturing and labelling standards as in Canada.

Source: Health Canada: Milk – One of the ten priority food allergens, http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/securit/2012-allergen_milk-lait/index-eng.php

The Health Canada link is great and gives a general overview of allergic reactions, mustard allergy FAQs, sources of mustard, cross-contamination, steps that the Canadian Government have taken to deal with food allergies, as well as links for more information.

You can be further prepared by keeping an eye out for food recalls and allergy alerts that are put out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). When you subscribe to the email notifications, you can select the specific allergens that you are interested in receiving alerts on. When you receive the alert, it will look something like this:

A recall has been added to the CFIA’s Food Recall Report.

Class 1
Reason for Recall: Allergen – milk
Product(s): Cinnamon Crunch
Recalling Firm: Kasseler Food Products Inc.
Distribution: nationally

Product details are available at http://inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2013/20130109e.shtml

What’s a Class 1 Recall, you ask? It’s how the CFIA categorizes the recall. In this case, it’s a high risk case (There is a high risk that eating or drinking that product will lead to serious health problems or death). Recall Class definitions are described in detail on the CFIA website: http://inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-safety-system/food-recalls/eng/1332206599275/1332207914673

If you are afraid that these notifications might get buried in the long list of daily emails in your inbox, you can also get alerts via Twitter by Following @CFIA_Food.

Safe & Happy Eating! 🙂

2 comments on “Allergen Alerts: Milk!

  1. meladerm says:

    Saved as a favorite, I really like your website!

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