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Making infant formula safer

By Tim Sandle     Feb 8, 2014 in Health
After several health warnings, and several years of lab study, the U.S. FDA has announced a set of rules designed to make infant formula safer.
Although many manufacturers of infant formula abide by good laboratory practices in terms of testing for bacterial pathogens, not all do. A new set of rules issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are designed to ensure that any infant formula sold in the U.S. abides by a code of practice.
Infant formula is a manufactured food designed and marketed for feeding to babies and infants under 12 months of age, usually prepared for bottle-feeding or cup-feeding from powder (mixed with water) or liquid (with or without additional water). Infant formula is an alternative to breast feeding (a controversial subject in itself).
According to CBS News, the new law requires manufacturers to provide data to the FDA proving that their formulas support normal physical growth and that ingredients are of sufficient quality. This includes strict testing for the absence of microbial pathogens like Salmonella.
Commenting on the rule, Michael Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods is quoted by ABC News as saying: "The FDA sets high quality standards for infant formulas because nutritional deficiencies during this critical time of development can have a significant impact on a child's long-term health and well-being."
The ruling comes into effect immediately.
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