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How can we list milk as an ingredient yet claim it is ‘lactose-free’?

Many of our liquid proteins labels state “Contains: Milk” yet we also claim they are lactose free. This is because the FDA’s Allergen guidelines cause some confusion as they require the warning “Contains: Milk” when specific ingredients found in milk are present and not just the whole milk ingredient.
Milk consists of many different parts including casein proteins, whey proteins and several different types of carbohydrates such as lactose, glucose, galactose, and other oligosaccharides, however not all of them contain lactose. In the case of our liquid proteins, we use Whey Isolate, a lactose free milk ingredient. So while the statement “Contains: Milk” is consistent with FDA Guidelines, it is also consistent with the Lactose Free claim.

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