Hidden Sources of Cow's Milk

      Hidden Sources of Cow's Milk

      Many common foods may contain cow's milk. Read about hidden sources of cow's milk.
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      Many of the foods shown here typically contain cow's milk; those marked with a * may or may not. Read labels to be sure.

      Finding Hidden Milk

      • Look in the ingredients list for the word "milk," with or without parentheses around it. For example, "whey (milk)" or "milk."
      • Check the packaging for a statement. such as "Contains Milk."
      • Re-read labels often. Product ingredients can change.
      • Avoid unlabeled foods. It's not easy to tell if foods sold loose/fresh (like bakery items) contain cow's milk.
      • Watch for cross contact. Deli meats sliced on a machine used for cheese may contain milk residue.
      • Ask the market managers. They may be able to supply a list of the milk-free foods they carry.
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      Cupboard Items

      Baby biscuits

      Store-bought baby foods*

      Certain baby formulas (non-hypoallergenic)*


      Macaroni and cheese


      Potato sides (such as scalloped or au gratin)

      Certain soups (bisques, chowders, and creamed soups)

      Tuna kits (prepared with dressing or mayo)*

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      Refrigerated Items

      Milk (all forms, including products suitable for someone with lactose intolerance)

      Cream (including half and half)

      Cheese (including artificial)

      Nondairy creamer*



      Malted milk

      Butter, ghee, and some margarines

      Egg substitutes*


      Salad dressings*


      Sour cream


      Cottage cheese

      Soft cheese (cream cheese, quark)




      Whipped cream

      Deli Meat*

      Hot Dogs*

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      Frozen Foods

      Ice cream

      Frozen yogurt


      Frozen waffles, pancakes, and French toast*

      Battered frozen foods (such as chicken nuggets)*


      French fries*

      Frozen vegetables in batter or sauce*

      Frozen dinners*

      Sausages, meatloaf, and other prepared meats*

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      Carmel candies and syrup*





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      Bakery Items

      Baked goods (biscuits, cakes, doughnuts, muffins, and pies)*

      Breads and rolls*


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      Baking Ingredients

      Condensed milk

      Evaporated milk

      High-protein flour*