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Frequently Asked Questions about Actimel

1. What is Actimel?

Actimel is a delicious Yogurt Drink, available in 12 varieties. It contains ingredients like tasty yogurt with billions of L.casei live cultures, calcium, Vitamins B6 and D.


2. What does Actimel mean?

The word Actimel is derived from the Flemish “Active melk” which means literally Active Milk.


3. What are the benefits of consuming the nutrients contained in Actimel?

Actimel contains vitamins B6 and D which support the normal function of the immune system.

Actimel also remains a source of calcium, which helps maintain normal teeth and bones.

Actimel can be enjoyed daily as part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.


4. On the packaging it says L. casei cultures- can you tell me what this is?

Every bottle of Actimel contains a unique combination of live cultures, including the exclusive L Casei Danone® strain. L. casei Danone® is the trademark name for our exclusive bacteria Lactobacillus casei CNCM I-1518 (also called Lactobacillus casei DN 114 001).


5. Is L. Casei Danone® exclusive?

Yes this strain has been selected by Danone’s international research centre and is exclusive to Danone.


6. How many flavours does Actimel have?

Actimel currently has 12 different flavours – including nine low fat flavours and three fat free. Please visit the flavours and nutritional information section for more information.


7. Can I recycle the Actimel packaging?

Yes, you can recycle the bottle and cardboard. Unfortunately the foil lid isn’t recyclable yet. To find out more about recycling in your local area, visit


8. What are the nutritional values, including calories and sugar in each Actimel bottle?

To find the full nutrition information for your favourite Actimel product within the range please go to the Our Products section.


9. I have a suggestion for a new flavour. What should I do?

We would really like to hear about your ideas. We suggest you share it on Facebook or Twitter and engage other users in the discussion.



Consuming Actimel


1. Is Actimel suitable for children?

Actimel is suitable for everyone in the family from age 3 upwards.


2. Why is Actimel not suitable for children under the age of 3?

Weaning infants and young children under three years old have specific nutritional requirements which Actimel has not been formulated to meet.


3. Who can drink Actimel?

Actimel is suitable for everyone in the family from age 3 upwards. Actimel should form part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle. For any specific concerns, we recommend you consult your GP or dietitian.


4. Can you drink too much Actimel?

We recommend you take note of how a bottle of Actimel contributes to your Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) which are outlined on our packaging and ensure you enjoy Actimel as part of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle.


5. Is Actimel suitable for diabetics?

Diabetes is a complex condition. ‘the national charity Diabetes UK says that, ‘Although the food choices you make and your eating habits are important in helping you manage your diabetes, you should be able to continue enjoying a wide variety of foods as part of healthy eating.’ we suggest you see your GP or dietitian if you have any concerns.


6. Is Actimel suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, Actimel products are suitable for vegetarians.


7. Is Actimel gluten free?

Yes, all Actimel products sold in the UK are gluten free.


8. Is Actimel suitable for pregnant women?

Yes, Actimel is intended for the general healthy population, including pregnant and lactating women. We recommend that you talk to your GP or dietitian if you have any concerns about consuming Actimel.


9. When is the best time to drink Actimel during the day?

It can be consumed at any time of day – why not try integrating as part of your breakfast?


10. How should I store Actimel?

Actimel should be stored in the refrigerator below +6°C for no longer than the use by date marked on the product.

As with all chilled food products, we recommend that Actimel is transferred to your fridge as soon as you arrive home from shopping.


11. Is it possible to freeze Actimel?

Actimel is not intended to be frozen and we cannot guarantee the quality of the product if it has been frozen.


12. How should Actimel be consumed?

Most people drink Actimel, but why not try something new like pouring it on cereal or as part of a smoothie?


13. With which frequency should Actimel be consumed?

Actimel can be consumed every day as part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.


14. What does Actimel taste like?

It depends on the flavour! It’s a delicious yogurt drink and it is available in 12 different flavours, so there is sure to be a favourite for everyone. For more information on Actimel flavours go to Actimel Flavours and Nutritional information.


15. Why don’t you have Actimel in a bigger bottle?

Actimel does not exist in a bigger bottle as our consumer research has not until now identified a need for a new format. We do not exclude the possibility to launch it if the market situation changes.


16. Can I drink Actimel past its use by date?

To enjoy it at its best, you shouldn’t drink it past its use by date.


17. Can I put Actimel in a lunchbox?

Of course – just make sure it’s kept in a cool bag with an ice pack to make sure the temperature is kept below 6°C.


General Questions


1. What is yogurt?

Yogurt is a dairy product produced from the fermentation of milk and characterised by the use of specific starter cultures. The basic cultures used in the manufacture of yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Alternate culture yogurt may use the cultures of Streptococcus thermophilus and any Lactobacillus species.


2. Are Danone dairy products suitable for people with milk allergies or lactose intolerance?

Danone Dairy products contain lactose originating from the milk they are made with. However, if you are lactose intolerant, you may still be able to eat our dairy products, but you should first consult with your GP to make sure.


3. Are Danone dairy products suitable for Diabetics?

Diabetes is a complex condition. ‘the national charity Diabetes UK says that, ‘Although the food choices you make and your eating habits are important in helping you manage your diabetes, you should be able to continue enjoying a wide variety of foods as part of healthy eating.’ we suggest you see your GP or dietitian if you have any concerns.


4. Is there any nut allergy advice on Danone products?

All of our packs are clearly marked in case they may contain allergens. Actimel is suitable for those with nut allergies.


5. What does RI mean?

RI stands for Reference Intake. RIs provide on-pack guidelines to help put nutrition information into the context of an overall healthy balanced diet, by showing how much of your RIs a serving of the food provides.


6. Your nutrition information does not give GDAs anymore – why?

A new labelling regulation now applies in Europe, including in the UK. This new regulation has replaced GDAs (Guideline Daily Amounts) with Reference Intakes (RIs). Our nutrition information give the Reference Intakes provided by a serving, in icons that are very similar in design to the previous GDA icons.


7. What is the difference between GDA and RI?

GDA stands for Guideline Daily Amount and RI for Reference Intake. They are a guide to the amount of energy, fat, saturates, sugar and salt an average adult should aim to have no more than in any one day. Although everybody is different, you should aim to meet the RI for energy and treat the RIs for fat, saturates, sugar and salt as the maximum intake you should have in one day. Reference intake (RI) is the new name introduced by a new labelling regulation so it will progressively replace GDA on food labels. Most of the values are kept unchanged between GDAs and RIs, except for Protein (from 45 to 50g) and Carbohydrate (from 230 to 260g).


8. Why are some ingredients (including “milk”) now written in a different colour in the list of ingredients?

This is because they are identified as major allergens under the new labelling regulation. The new regulation requires these allergens to be emphasised in the list of ingredients directly. Danone has chosen to emphasise allergens by bolding and using a different colour, so that allergic consumers can spot them easily on the new labels. 


9. Why does your nutritional table mention salt now, when it was mentioning sodium before?

A new labelling regulation requires the nutritional table to mention the salt content, and no longer the sodium content, in order to make it more understandable for consumers who are likely to be more familiar with salt than with sodium.

We do not add salt in our Actimel recipes. Therefore as foreseen by the regulation the labelled salt value is a “salt equivalent” value calculated from the naturally occurring sodium content.


10. Why is there no % RI value given for Fibre in your nutritional table?

This is because the new labelling regulation does not provide for a daily reference intake for fibre, therefore it is no longer possible to calculate a % of contribution for fibre.


11. What is meant by a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle?

A healthy balanced diet and lifestyle is where you eat a diet that includes all the main food groups and nutrients you need to live well, and do plenty of exercise. You can get more info and loads of good advice on how to have a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle at

* Actimel contains Vitamin B6 that contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It also contains Vitamins B6 & D to support the normal function of the immune system.