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FDA sets new standards for infant formula

An example of a typical baby formula
An example of a typical baby formula

After nearly twenty years of research into baby formula safety, the FDA has decided to enact new policies and standards for manufacturers. The new standards enforce rigorous testing of the products before they are shipped out. While most manufacturers already adhere to these standards, the FDA has placed a new and very descriptive rule book on manufacturers' desks.

While this information was made known to manufacturers quite recently, the data has only reached the public in full as of February 6, 2014. Many parents have called out the FDA stating that the laws came far too late in the game and that without rigorous testing, they didn't/don't know what they are giving their babies. After the melamine scare in China in 2008, parents in America were on high alert for recalls or other safety concerns regarding infant formula. This melamine scare led to the death of 6 infants and the hospitalization of nearly 54,000 more.

Why the new standards? Studies have shown that a quarter of infants rely on formula from birth and that over two-thirds use formula for at least a portion of their nutrition after three months. Having such a large portion of infants rely on the product for extended periods of time called for more intensive testing and higher standards.

Not only must there be greater testing for contamination, but the manufacturers must also provide proof that their formulas would support normal infant growth as breast milk would. It was already law to provide elements such as fats, vitamins, minerals, and proteins, but the new law will ensure that the companies are adhering to the laws sufficiently.

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