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General dairy information


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.
** Contains naturally occurring sugar