Why People With Milk Allergies Should Be Careful With Dark Chocolate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does your sweetheart have a milk allergy? You may want to hold off on a dark chocolate Valentine.

Although dark chocolate generally isn’t made with milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study released Wednesday shows that there are traces of milk in some of the candies.

The agency found that 55 of 93 bars of dark chocolate “without any clear indication of the presence of milk” on their labels contained some level of milk. The agency also found that 2 out of 17 dark chocolate bars that were labeled “dairy free or allergen-free” contained milk.

“This can be a problem, since even one small bite of a product containing milk can cause a dangerous reaction in some individuals,” says FDA researcher Binaifer Bedford.

The agency would not say what brands of bars tested positive for milk.

Milk is one of several allergens required to be labeled on food packages. The agency tested dark chocolate after hearing from consumers who said they had eaten it and experienced harmful reactions.

The FDA said milk can inadvertently end up in dark chocolate if it is manufactured on the same equipment that makes milk chocolate.

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