This is really a little mini rant for my Mum who recently braved the ‘catering for the allergic girl’ challenge. She’s pretty good at it now but almost fell foul to hidden dairy in cooked chicken.

What is it even in there for?

Why is there milk in cooked chicken?

If you have a dairy allergy or family who do make sure you do check all cooked or processed meats. I’m sure you do, but even very unprocessed looking chicken can contain milk so beware.

Now we used to see dairy a lot in processed meat as well as other strange allergens like wheat, soya etc. that shouldn’t be there. All Mum was trying to buy was simple cooked chicken drumsticks or breasts or slices. Not reconstituted meat. Not too processed. Ideally we would cook a chicken from fresh but we are both busy little bees, my mother and I.

The rest of the salad was copious, plentiful and easy. Bowls of grated courgette, carrot, radishes, lettuce, new potatoes, sweetcorn and other salady things I now can’t remember. Just the kind of meal I love. Help yourself and have as much as you want, drizzled with olive oil. Mmmmm.

Pudding was fresh strawberries, lots of red bush tea and home made flapjack. She freezes the flapjack? Anyone else do that? I never even knew you could but it defrosts pretty quick and you can nibble at it while it does.

But the chicken? Well top marks Marks & Spencer who sold some very tasty cooked chicken with just salt and dextrose in it. We both enjoyed this very much.

Not such good marks to the local Budgens which had numerous brands of chicken, ALL containing milk.

I have bought cooked chicken from Morrisons deli which is just chicken, salt, sugar and potato fibre. What the potato fibre is there for I don’t know. But no allergens. So top marks to Morrisons too.

Why? Why is it even in there? How does it get in there? Who puts it there and why do they need to inject a cooked chicken with milk from a cow?

Please can someone explain…

Anyway I don’t have time to list the brands. Mum will be going back to make a note for me so we will update this blog. This is just a gentle warning to you all, to check even things you think you can trust. Even a bit of cooked chicken can contain hidden allergens.

OK so they were labelling as containing the allergens but you just don’t expect milk to be present in cooked chicken these days.

And if the chicken is unpacked and displayed on a plate for serving you could be forgiven for assuming it was JUST cooked chicken.

Never assume anything and thank goodness my Mother is a fastidious label checker. Like Mother like Daughter.

Anyone else found milk hidden where it shouldn’t be?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website http://whatallergy.com/ and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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