Fake milk recalled because it might contain real milk

HP Hood is recalling 145,254 half-gallon cartons of its Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk because it may contain actual dairy milk.

It would be considered an allergen not on the label for people who have dairy allergies.

The company says the affected product was shipped to retailers and wholesalers in AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WI.

The company says the recall only applies to the following product: refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk with a use-by date of September 2, 2018. To identify the affected product, consumers should look for the stamped information printed as:

USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 - 20:48) H5 L1 51-4109

USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 - 20:48) H5 L2 51-4109

USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 - 20:48) H6 L1 51-4109

USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 - 20:48) H6 L2 51-4109

and a Universal Product Code (UPC barcode) of 41570 05621 on the side panel of the carton next to the nutrition faces.

Consumers who purchased the product may return it to the retailer or visit www.bluediamond.com to complete a web form.  Consumers with questions can call Blue Diamond at 1-800-400-1522 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. EDT.

The dairy industry has actually been fighting allowing non-dairy products to be called milk.  U.S. Food & Drug Administration code defines milk as coming from a cow.  The American Dairy Coalition has started a campaign to protect the "integrity" of milk on product labels.

The move comes as sales of plant-based alternative "milk" has risen 61 percent in the past five years and consumption of dairy milk continues to decrease.