Dairy comes in all shapes and sizes. Products and ingredients that are derived from dairy have many different names that don’t always scream dairy, so it is important to know how to recognize these ingredients on labels.
Our app, Now Find Dairy Free, can help you find safe, dairy free foods in your local grocery store.
Any food containing milk that is covered by the FDA labeling laws, must be labeled in plain English that it “contains milk.” Unfortunately, there are also many dairy derived products and ingredients that do not fall under the labeling laws.
Below is a list of dairy products and ingredients that may not be so easily recognized and might not be covered by FDA labeling laws. This is not an exhaustive list, but only the products that we have come across. If you find a product or ingredient that you are not familiar with and cannot verify as dairy free, always contact the manufacturer for verification.
Anhydrous milk fat
Artificial butter flavoring
Dairy product solids
Fat replacers – like Simplesse® and Dairy-Lo®
Includes: Casein hydrolysate, milk protein hydrolysate, protein hydrolysate, whey hydrolysate, whey protein hydrolysate
Lactic acid starter culture