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Milk Protein Concentrate

Alternate Names

MPC, Ultra Filtered Milk


Milk Protein Concentrate is a dry powder produced by removing all the liquid from milk though an ultra-filtration process. Milk is forced with pressure through a porous material which separates the components of the milk. Water, smaller lactose, minerals and vitamin molecules are filtered out while the protein and fat molecules are kept. The finished product is evaporated and spray-dried. The US Customs Service's classifies milk protein concentrate as processed milk containing 40-90% protein. Used in a variety of foods and in cheese making.

Milk Protein Concentrate - Quick Stats

MPC, Ultra Filtered Milk

Allergy Information


Thickener, Emulsifier, Stabilizer

Additional Information

The majority of Milk Protein Concentrate is imported into the United States. Six countries account for 95% of imported Milk Protein Concentrate in 1999 including: New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada. Due to its dry form, this additive is more easily stored and cheaply transported than liquid milk. The import of Milk Protein Concentrate has increased rapidly since 1990 and many dairy farmers are concerned that the increase is impacting domestic dairy markets.

Found In

yogurt, frozen dairy dessert, processed cheese, American cheese, Feta, ricotta, bakers cheese, frozen pizza, energy bars, sports drinks, nutritional supplements and powders, baked goods, protein bars, infant formula, protein-fortified beverages, Greek-style yogurt

Possible Health Effects


Allergy Information

Dairy (Lactose)

In The News

In 2012, a class action law suit was filed against Yoplait Greek Yogurt because "...Customers paid a premium price for a product that was advertised as real Greek yogurt. But it was nothing more than a cheap imitation. Simply put, their product is neither Greek, nor technically even yogurt, and it is certainly not Greek yogurt."

July 19, 2012 - Via NPR: High-Tech Shortcut To Greek Yogurt Leaves Purists Fuming.

Researcher Comments

Because of the ultra processing and minimal regulation of this ingredient, we do not recommend it.

Online Resources/Related

Copyright August 14, 2012

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