Mammalian product free diet


Chicken, turkey, duck, quail fish, shellfish, & molluscs.


Raw and cooked lamb, pork, rabbit, kangaroo, beef, ham, goat, buffalo, veal, bacon, & venison.

 Take Care:

  • Avoid all products made from these meats, especially pan juice gravy made from these meats.

  • Inquire carefully about all ingredients when eating away from home as mammalian meat products may be combined with fish or poultry e.g. chicken cooked in veal stock.

  • Take care to avoid cross contamination between utensils or cooking surfaces, e.g. at a barbecue (take your own wrapped food), or on a hotplate, grill or wok in a restaurant. Telephone ahead where possible when eating out, to ensure an appropriate meal is provided.

  • Travel warning: While overseas, you may be offered exotic mammalian meats, cheeses or milks, such as horse, dog, guinea pig, whale.

  • Foods containing gelatine from animal sources (usually from beef or pork) may give rise to allergic symptoms. If this applies to you, avoid jelly, jelly-type and jube confectionery, thickened gelatine desserts such as mousse, also dairy products e.g. some yoghurts, cheese spread or margarine. Food thickeners free of alpha-gal are seaweed type (400 to 407a), bacterium type (415 and 418) and pectins and fruit (440).

Avoid Products from Mammalian Meats, including organic, halal and kosher sources:

  • Gravies and sauces, pre-packaged – read labels carefully

  • Tallow, beef and meat fat, lard, suet, dripping and foods cooked in these e.g. some hot chips

  • Meat extracts e.g. Bonox, Bovril

  • Delicatessen meats e.g. Devon, sausages, salami, prosciutto, pate, liverwurst

  • Soups, soup powder, stock cubes, liquid stocks – check all labels, some will be suitable

  • ‘Flavour’ ingredient in savoury packaged products , if not specified on the label, should be checked with the manufacturer

  • Rennet, the coagulant in cheese making, made from animal sources, especially likely to be present in some imported cheeses. Rennet of microbial origin is safe to use. Check source if not stated.

  • Ingredient lists of savoury foods need always to be examined for meat ingredients.

CAUTION: An adequate continuing intake of iron in the diet needs to be assured.

Can mammalian milk be a concern?

Some people who have been diagnosed with mammalian meat allergy also report symptoms following the consumption of milk and/or milk products.

If you have not suspected milk previously, and your symptoms are completely controlled by following the mammalian meat free diet, removing milk and milk products from your diet will not be necessary at this time. Hard cheese e.g. cheddar with microbial rennet is usually tolerated in these circumstances.

Obvious milk foods:

  • Milk- Cow, sheep, goat, horse, buffalo

  • Plain, skim, whole, low fat, reduced fat, condensed, evaporated, dried, solids, A2, fat modified.

  • Butter, buttermilk.

  • Cheese, all kinds.

  • Cream, sour cream.

  • Ice cream

  • Curds

  • Whey (liquid from cheese-making)

  • Powder

  • Protein

  • Hydrosoleate

  • Casein (a milk protein)

  • Words beginning with LACT or LACTO

  • Rennet

Less obvious Milk foods

  • Lactose free milk

  • HA infant formula

  • Baby rusks and baby foods

  • Baked goods – biscuits, cakes, pastries, muffins, and other mixes.

  • Powder flavourings for milk

  • Crisps and other flavoured snack foods

  • Creme fraiche, fromage frais

  • Desserts, pre-prepared

  • Margarine (most have milk added)

  • Soy cheese (many have milk casein)

  • Sauces and soups

Sample Meal Pattern (Food) Choices Which Avoid Mammalian Meat (if milk tolerated)


  • Cereal/Muesli

  • Fresh fruit and/or dried

  • Toast or crumpets with butter/margarine

  • Yeast extract/nut butter/jam

  • Milk on cereal

  • Cooked Breakfast

  • Sauteed vegetables

  • Egg, cooked in oil e.g. scrambled with tomato

  • Fish e.g. sardines, tuna on toast

  • Cheese on toast


  • Tuna/salmon/cold chicken

  • or turkey with salad or cooked vegetables

  • Any of the above in a multigrain sandwich or roll, wrap, or packed lunchbox, or as a hot lunch

  • Use foods from previous dinner

  • Yoghurt or fruit


  • Grilled, baked or fried fish, use vegetable oil or

  • Chicken or turkey – grilled, roasted or in a casserole

  • Legume dish, main or side eg. chickpea salad

  • Potato/pasta/couscous/ rice

  • Cooked vegetables or salad, all varieties

If you need to avoid milk, use the plant derived milks (Soy, rice, oat, almond) as a drink and in cooking, or as advised.