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(January 2019)

Foods and ingredients to avoid if you are allergic to milk:

  • All dairy products
  • Butter
  • Butter fat
  • Butter oil
  • Butter milk
  • Casein, caseinates
  • Cheese
  • Cheese powder
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream
  • Curds
  • Custard
  • Ghee
  • Hydrolysed casein
  • Hydrolysed whey
  • Ice cream
  • Imitation milk
  • Lactalbumin
  • Lactalbumin phosphate
  • Lactoacidophilus
  • Lactoglobulin
  • Lactoferrin
  • Lactose **
  • Lactulose
  • Marscarpone
  • Milk+
  • Nisin
  • Quarg, QuarkM
  • Rennet casein
  • Sour cream
  • Whey (in all forms)
  • Whitener
  • Yoghurt

Check labels on the following foods to see if they contain milk and if they do, avoid them:

  • Baked goods (e.g. biscuits, cakes, pastries)
  • Batter fried foods
  • Bottled water
  • Breads, breadcrumbs
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Canned products (i.e. any)
  • Carob
  • Chocolate
  • Coated/seasoned foods
  • Coconut milk powder
  • Confectionery (e.g. caramel, butterscotch)
  • Dips
  • Egg replacers
  • Fat substitutes
  • Flavourings (natural/artificial)
  • Flavoured coffees, drinks
  • Frozen desserts
  • Gravy
  • High protein products (e.g. flour, fruit drinks, powders)
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Lactic acid starter culture
  • Margarine spreads
  • Non-dairy products (e.g. cheeses, whiteners)
  • Nougat
  • Probiotic drinks
  • Processed meats (e.g. sausages, luncheon)
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces and spreads
  • Soups, soup mixes
  • Sports drinks, protein shakes
  • Stock, including vegetable stock

+ Any product containing the word milk from an animal source must be avoided (e.g. milk derivative, powder, protein, or solids; milk malted, condensed, evaporated, dry, whole, low-fat, non-fat, skim, goat’s milk, ewe’s and sheep’s milk and milk from other animals).

** Lactose does not normally contain the protein that causes reactions, but there may be a risk of contamination with milk protein.

People who react to cow’s milk protein will usually also react to similar proteins in milk from other animals such as goats or sheep.

This is not a complete or comprehensive list of ingredients to avoid but is intended as helpful information for people living with milk allergy. It is NOT meant to replace medical advice given by your doctor.

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