'Non-dairy' foods with milk protein


Many people who are allergic to milk may suffer dangerous reactions to "non-dairy" products because some such foods actually contain milk proteins.

In a recent issue of New England Journal of Medicine, doctors report on six cases of children suffering severe allergic reactions supposedly dairy-free foods, including bologna, hot dogs, tofu frozen desserts and rice-based desserts.

The physicians, who are from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Medical Center, analyzed the contents of foods consumed by the children, and found they contained casein and other milk proteins, even though none of the labels indicated that they did and some were labeled as non-dairy products.

The researchers found these products contain milk proteins: Loft's Tofulite, Rice Dream, Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Oscar Mayer bologna and Acme tuna.

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