FSA advice about 1% fat milk as food ingredient

Thursday 2 August 2007

The Agency has issued advice for food manufacturers and retailers about the use of 1% fat milk as an ingredient in food.

Many manufacturers are not aware that they can legally use 1% fat milk in their products. It has a slightly higher fat content than skimmed milk (max 0.5%) but lower than semi-skimmed (1.5–1.8%). Using it in place of higher fat milk could enable some manufacturers to reduce saturated fat and calories in their products.

Rosemary Hignett, Head of Nutrition at the FSA, said: 'During our discussions with industry about saturated fat levels, it emerged that there was some confusion about using 1% fat milk as a food ingredient.

'We hope that this advice will clarify the situation for manufacturers and retailers and, where appropriate, result in 1% fat milk being used in place of other higher fat milk ingredients. It could potentially be used in a wide range of products such as sauces and dairy desserts.

'Using 1% milk could help to reduce saturated fat levels in some foods and would be a positive move for the consumer.'

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