Vitamin A palmitate can come from either an animal source or from plant source so some Sikhs refrain from having low fat milk as a result. Others will have products that contain low fat milk including vitamin a palmitate if the product is kosher dairy as kosher restrictions generally prevent the mixing of milk and meat (note the kosher definition of meat is different from the Sikh definition) but even this may be a risk. The Palmitic acid in Vitamin A "Palmitate" is usually sourced from Palm trees.
Please note, besides the usual Vitamin A and D, some milk brands also contain Vitamin B or Omega-3 fatty acids, both of which can also be from meat sources.
EatBibek has created an easy reference table for US Milk Brands.
USA Brands Reference Table
|Milk Brand||Suitable for Sikhs?||Vitamin D||Vitamin A|
|Bayview Farms Milk||Whole Milk Only!||Lanolin||Awaiting Reply|
|Berkeley Farms Milk||Yes||Synthetic||Corn Oil|
|Garelick Farms Milk||Yes||Lanolin||Synthetic|
|Golden Guernsey Dairy Milk||Yes||Lanolin||Synthetic|
|Great Value Milk||Yes||Lanolin||Synthetic|
|Horizon Organic Milk||Yes||Synthetic||Corn Oil|
|Kirkland Signature Milk (Call your Costco)||Yes (NorCal)||Lanolin or Yeast||Beta Ionine|
|Lucerne Milk (USA)||Yes||Lanolin||Derived organically from non-meat sources|
|Member's Mark Milk (Sam's Club/Walmart)||No||Fish Oil||Organic Chemicals|
|Morning Glory Milk||Yes||Lanolin||Synthetic|
|Sunnyside Farms Milk||Yes||Lanolin||Plant Based|
Please visit the Milk category to view other Milk brands not listed above.
Dean Foods was kind enough to send us details about the manufacturing process of Vitamins A and D in milk.