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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:13 pm 
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Hello. My 11 month old son has been recently diagnosed with a dairy allergy and we're working to discover foods he can safely eat. The Government of Canada pamphlet entitled "Milk: one of the nine most common food allergens", available as a PDF on the gov't website, lists brown sugar as a "possible source of milk". I cannot figure out how this could be. I have looked up brown sugar on wikipedia, as well as molasses, to see if there might be something added during processing, and nothing jumps out at me. I have Rogers golden brown sugar in the house and it does not have an ingredient list on it. So, now we're afraid to give him anything that has brown sugar in it, in spite of the fact that this does not seem logical to me. Does anyone have any information about this to suggest that brown sugar either is or is not okay for people with a milk allergy?
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I have never worried about brown sugar or even thought of it to be honest. I never read that it could be a source for dairy. You should contact CFIA to find out why it is on the milk list. Carmel sauces / flavouring has a lot of brown sugar and sometimes dairy. That is the only connection I can think of.

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We use brown sugar here all the time with no problems. My bag also does not list ingredients and I'm ashamed to admit I never even looked at it before using, and we check EVERYTHING. Never occurred to me it could contain dairy. I'll be curious to see what others say about this.

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We use brown sugar and molasses, as well. If the ingredients listed caramel, we would not use it.

Read the ingredients and it you are not sure contact the company and inquire.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:58 pm 
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Thanks everyone for your helpful responses. I will contact the CFIA to inquire why brown sugar is listed on the pamphlet.

Carol

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Hi everyone,

I also realized that I never checked the ingredients for my brown sugar. Anyway I went to the grocery store and there were 3 different types of "brown" sugar (yellow, brown and another which I can't remember the name of). The yellow and brown sugar stated 100% naturally sugar in their ingredients. The third listed caramel as an ingredient (which usually contains dairy). The third was a mixture of a few ingredients. I'll bring a pen next time and write the name of it.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:58 am 
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I would not assume caramel usually = dairy. It's often derived from corn. It's worth calling to confirm, rather than to avoid it without checking.

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