Food Labelling Of Milk And Dairy Products
We have observed some confusion with the labelling of foods that contain milk containing ingredients.
Legally, milk and milk components such as whey protein, skimmed milk, lactose and milk solids have to be labelled on the ingredients list of food products:- e.g. whey protein (milk) where the (milk) is in bold. (EC directive 2014 on food allergens). Usually butter, cream, yoghurt and cheese will be labelled in the same way e.g. cream (milk).
However butter, cheese, cream and yoghurt are foods in their own right, and on occasion they could be labelled without reference to milk (EU Council Regulation No. 1308/2013 on Dairy designations) e.g. cream as long as the cream is in bold. This is very confusing. Fortunately most companies and supermarkets will label as we would expect, i.e. using cream (milk), in order to show the food comes from milk.
Misleading labels have been found. One example was an Oreo biscuit containing yoghurt. Here the label only mentioned yoghurt in bold, with no mention of (milk).
The GSG has contacted the company to ask them to change the label to make it less confusing. We have also asked the Food Standards Agency to relook at the food labelling on food ingredient lists.
Please help us to help you. Keep an eye out for any confusing labels and notify us at the GSG (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we ensure we contact all the necessary companies. The more information we have regarding this issue, the stronger our case will be.
Lactose Free Products
Once again we need to address the problem of the ever increasing availability of “lactose free” foods which are causing great confusion to our families.
Some say on the front "made with cows milk" but not all! The yoghurt pictured below is an example of how misleading they can be.
We need to keep stressing to everyone with galactosaemia that "lactose free " is not suitable in galactosaemia as, although the lactose has been broken down making the product suitable for someone with lactose intolerance it has been broken down into glucose and GALACTOSE so the product is full of galactose making it unsuitable for use in galactosaemia.
The GSG shall be putting a complaint into the FSA (Food Standards Agency) about these products as they are very misleading for people with galactosaemia. We feel there should be some warning on their label about galactosaemia.
So, if you see a lactose free product with a misleading label, please let the GSG (email@example.com) know.