Concerns about the safety of infant formulas are pervasive concerns among parents. Food Safety News writes the effects of aluminum in infant formula may be substantial.Too much aluminum can cause reduced skeletal mineralization in preterm infants and growth retardation. Keele University has reported in a news release on Oct. 10, 2013, "Action needed now to lower the content of aluminum in infant formulas."
It has been shown by new research from Keele University that infant formulas are heavily contaminated with aluminum. High levels of aluminum have been found in each of the 30 infant formulas studied. Professor Chris Exley has said, “Clearly the manufacturers of infant formulas are not concerned about reducing their content of aluminum and the extensive use of aluminum-based packaging for infant formulas seems to confirm this."
Exley has gone on to highlight that no adequate criteria upon which to base a safety level for aluminum in infant formulas exists. Therefore, it would be sensible to take action to reduce the level of aluminum to a lowest levels possible. Since individual manufacturers refuse to address the aluminum content of infant formulas, it has been suggested governments take action to regulate this problem. In the meantime, caretakers should check for infant formulas with the lowest aluminum content.