Modified milk ingredients is an umbrella term for any component of milk that has been isolated or milk itself that has been altered in some form. This also includes a combination of a modified milk ingredient with a milk ingredient. The chemical state of these products has been altered in some way. Examples include: calcium-reduced skim milk, casein, caseinates, cultured milk products, milk serum proteins, ultrafiltered milk, whey, whey butter, whey cream. See: Milk ingredients.

Health considerations

Individual modified milk ingredients have unique health properties. All modified milk ingredients carry the risk of triggering a milk allergy as they may contain the protein that is allergenic.

Keep in mind

Use of modified milk ingredients on a label allows the manufacturer to change the actual ingredient itself between batches depending on factors including availability and cost. There is no way to know what modified milk ingredient is actually within the product. Modified milk ingredients is not synonymous with genetically modified.

May be found in

Yogurt, milk-based beverages, cream-based products, coffee creamers, cheese products, cheese, energy bars, chocolate, cakes, cookies, bread, ice cream, frozen desserts


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