- Milk is considered a priority allergen by Health Canada.
- Milk allergy is caused by a reaction to the protein in cow’s milk.
- Read ingredient labels every time you buy or eat a product.
- Do The Triple Check and read the label:
- Once at the store before buying it.
- Once when you get home and put it away.
- Again before you serve or eat the product.
- Always carry your epinephrine auto-injector.
- For tips on eating out, visit our guide for dining out with food allergies.
- Check with manufacturers directly to see if the product is safe for you even if your allergen is not listed on the ingredient list.
- Be careful when buying products from abroad, since labelling rules differ from country to country.
Other names for milk
- Ammonium/calcium/magnesium/potassium/sodium caseinate
- Casein/caseinate/rennet casein
- Delactosed/demineralised whey
- Dry milk/milk/sour cream/sour milk solids
- Hydrolyzed casein, hydrolyzed milk protein
- Lactalbumin/lactalbumin phosphate
- Milk derivative/fat/protein
- Modified milk ingredients
- OptaTM, Simplesse® (fat replacers)
- Whey, whey protein concentrate
Possible sources of milk
- Artificial butter, butter fat/flavour/oil, ghee, margarine
- Baked goods and baking mixes
- Brown sugar
- Buttermilk, cream, dips, salad dressings, sour cream, spreads
- Caramel colouring/flavouring
- Casein in wax used on fresh fruits and vegetables
- Casseroles, frozen prepared foods
- Cereals, cookies, crackers
- Cheese, cheese curds
- Egg/fat substitutes
- Flavoured coffee, coffee whitener, non-dairy creamer
- Glazes, nougat
- Gravy, sauces
- High protein flour
- Kefir (milk drink), kumiss (fermented milk drink), malt drink mixes
- Meats such as deli meats, hot dogs, patés, sausages
- Instant/mashed/scalloped potatoes
- Snack foods
- Soups, soup mixes
- Soy “cheese”
Non-food sources of milk
- Medications and health supplements
- Pet food
To Report a Reaction
If you believe you may have reacted to an allergen not listed on the packaging, you can report it to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which may issue a product recall. Find out more on our Food Labelling page.