Milk and Nutrition in the news

The Times March 31st 2017

Almost half of young people claim they are intolerant or allergic to milk.


The Food Standards Agency Food and You Survey found

46% 16-24 year olds said they had adverse reaction to milk.

Less than 1 in 10 older people had a problem with dairy.

In Britain only 5% are thought to suffer maldigestion of lactose – the sugar in milk according to BNF.

Bloggers are promoting cleam eating where gluten and milk are back for health.

Ella Woodward recommends raw coconut water or almond milk as milk alternative.

13% said had adverse reaction to gluten.

Bread flour

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Less than 25%of people with food intolerance had had a clinical diagnosis of their condition and those who said they had food allergy less than 50% had seen doctor about it.

The number of people claiming adverse reaction to foods is rising.

In 2014 10% lived in household where someone had food allergy.

In 2015 that was 13%.

Britons drank 6.1 million fewer pints of milk last year – £240 million sales – Nielsen.

NHS warns that cutting out dairy products can result in calcium deficiency.

67% of women took most or all of the responsibility for cooking and only 30% of men.



Food Information to Consumers Regulation FIC

The deadline in December 2014 for compliance with the majority of the Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC )fast approaching.

The Food Labeller is designed to help food companies meet the needs for the regulation – listing allergens and nutrition.

You can try it for FREE  on this link .

the food labeller

Allergen labelling at Bill’s Restaurants

Very pleased to see that Bill’s Restaurants are showing Allergen information on their menus under Dietary Info to meet the new requirements of FIC (Food Information for Consumers) Reg no 1169/2011 for Dec 2014.

You can see the different coding to show dairy, nuts, sesame, egg, crustaceans, molluscs, fish, garlic, mustard, wheat, gluten, celery, soy or soya, sulphur dioxide, vegan

Not sure why garlic is an allergen.

It says ‘Please inform your waiter before ordering of any specific dietary requirements that you may have’.

The menu goes on to explain that fryers are used for more than one product so there is a possibility of contamination risk. Allergen information will be kept up to date but should be checked at each visit.

There are some interesting labels – skinny fries may contain dairy and egg – due to frying – but also contain wheat the gluten.

You can do your own allergen labelling using our Food Labeller.


Bills Allergen Menu

Allergens – foods that are challenging me

We are developing The Food Labeller so that people running small food businesses and caterers can meet the demands of regulations in December 2014.


The ingredients in our database have to be screened to show the allergens:  cereals containing gluten, crustaceans, molluscs, eggs, fish, peanuts, nuts, soybeans, milk, celery, mustard, sesame, lupin and sulphur dioxide at levels above 10mg/kg, or 10 mg/litre, expressed as SO2.

This will help food businesses to know what allergens are in the food products they make.

BUT  – the ingredients in our food are challenging – so here are some of the issues I am facing:

Elmlea light cream alternative – ingredients Buttermilk (88.5%), Vegetable Fat (7.5%), Vegetable Oil (1.5%), Lactose, Stabilisers: E412, E410, E407, Emulsifier: E475, Colour: E160a. – but what is the oil made from – Unilever must know

Spreadable cheese has lots of other ingredients which a food label will need: Cheddar Cheese (53%), Water, Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Emulsifying Salts (E339, E452), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Nisin), Colour (Beta Carotene).

Are coconuts to be labelled ‘Nuts’ for allergens? Yes

Is a squid and cuttlefish a mollusc – yes says Wikipedia – there are 85000 species of mollusc – including squid, octopus, (cephalopods) Gastropods – whelks,snails, Bivalves – shellfish,clams, oysters, scallops, mussels

Brown bread – who would have thought it contained soya as well as wheat gluten!