Milk is mainly composed of Lactose (sugar), Whey (protein) and Casein (protein). People can have allergy or ethical problems with any of these.
Unfortunately, it's not that easy to determine whether what you're eating is safe or not. Thanks to the USDA and FDA, is legal (and sometimes required!) for companies to label products as "Non-Dairy" even if they contain milk product, specifically "casein/caseinates" - which are considered chemical additives.
Planet Juice ™
1467 Haight St, other locations
Haight St location now closed! :)
865 Market St, 101 Clay St, other locations..
415 543-1435, 415 398-8888, ..
I had a shocking experience with Planet Juice over the contents of this page. It's a worthwhile read if you want to see the kind of threats and nonsense a crappy company will do in order to avoid criticism.
That doesn't change the fact that in early 2006 it was revealed that they had lied about not having milk and weight ingredients in their fries. Screw you, McDonalds.
2003/05/21: Talked to: John Macy of the CDFA 510.604.8468 email@example.com He'll look into it and see if it's under their jurisdiction I also called the FDA. It's their jurisdiction if the company does interstate commerce (I think this only covers Surf City): FDA Complaint Coordinator: Charla Stevens 510-337-6741 Otherwise I could try the local County Health Dep't / SF Dep't Of Health 2003/09/12: I'm informed by Andy Dwyer that: You might be interested to know that the FDA's commissioner, Mark McClellan, was interviewed by Ira Flatow on NPR's Talk of the Nation/Science Friday last week. A caller grilled him about (in this case, pre-packaged) products being allowed to carry a non-dairy label even if they contain casein. He dodged it by claiming that that particular standard is in the jurisdiction of the USDA. You can find audio of the program at: RealAudio, Windows Media 2006/01/01: FDA Allergen Labeling Act goes into effect, though only for packaged foods, not restaurants. 2006/02/20: Evidently the dairy inspectors require that milk-similar items without milk (but with casein!) are labelled as non-dairy to avoid confusing the consumer! They're worried about the consumer who is hoping to get milk product and doesn't - and those of us with allergies are screwed.
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