Public Advisory: Imported
Non-Dairy Products Containing Undeclared Milk
August 11, 2006
The Canadian Food Inspection
Agency (CFIA) is advising consumers with milk
allergies and those caring for persons with milk
allergies, to use caution when purchasing or offering
imported products such as instant coffee, tea
or dry cereal mixes from some Asian countries.
Tthere may be a risk of undeclared milk ingredients
in these products.
An ongoing investigation by the
CFIA has determined that various imported instant
coffee and instant tea premixes, as well as instant
cereal products declare “non-dairy creamer”
in their ingredient list but contain milk ingredients.
Undeclared milk usually does not
represent a hazard to the majority of consumers;
however, for those sensitive or allergic to milk
ingredients, consumption of affected products
could result in a serious or life-threatening
The CFIA is working with Canadian
importers to identify all affected products that
were distributed in Canada. The importers of these
products are voluntarily recalling the affected
products from the marketplace. As the presence
of milk protein is not declared on the label,
these recalls are accompanied by an Allergy Alert.
public warnings and Allergy Alerts are distributed
to the media, and are also posted on the CFIA’s
Web site. Internet users can subscribe
to receive these notices, which provide specific
information to assist consumers in identifying
potentially hazardous products. The CFIA encourages
those consumers with allergies and sensitivities
to take advantage of this service.
For a complete
list of the affected products identified to
date, and for more information on identifying
potentially hazardous products, visit the Food
Recalls and Allergy Alerts section of the CFIA’s
Web site: www.inspection.gc.ca.
Consumers and industry can also
call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735
(8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to