Hidden Dairy 

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 flavorings 

Butter fat 

Artificial butter flavoring 

Butter oil 

Caramel flavoring 

Casein 

Caseinates 

Dairy product solids 

Fat replacers – like Simplesse® and Dairy-Lo® 

Galactose 

Hydrolysates 

Includes: Casein hydrolysate, milk protein hydrolysate, protein hydrolysate, whey hydrolysate, whey protein hydrolysate 

Lactic acid 

Lactic acid starter culture 

Lactalbumin 

Lactate solids 

Lactyc yeast 

Lactitiol monohydrate 

Lactoglobulin 

Lactose 

Lactulose 

Milk fat 

Natural flavoring 

Nisin preparation 

Quark 

Recaldent 

Renet 

Sulfites 

Whey