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FSANZ seeks submissions on consultation over infant formula for special dietary uses

By Gary Scattergood+

08-Aug-2017
Last updated on 08-Aug-2017 at 02:02 GMT2017-08-08T02:02:03Z

The regulator is expanding its review to assess infant formula for special dietary uses. ©iStock
The regulator is expanding its review to assess infant formula for special dietary uses. ©iStock

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a consultation paper on infant formula products for special dietary use.

FSANZ completed a consultation on all infant formula products for babies aged 0 to 12 months in 2016. As a result of that process, it is now expanding the review to assess infant formula for special dietary use.

FSANZ chief executive officer Mr Mark Booth said the regulator was seeking input for all interested parties.

“Although breastfeeding is the recommended way to feed a baby, a safe and nutritious substitute for breast milk is needed for babies who are not breastfed,” Mr Booth said.

Specialised category

“FSANZ is looking at clarifying some standards, bringing them up-to-date with the latest scientific evidence and is considering alignment with international regulations.

“We’ve previously consulted on the general aspects of the infant formula standard and are now seeking views on the regulation of infant formula products for special dietary use. These products are regulated as a specialised category of infant formula products. They are produced for infants who have different nutritional needs because of a health or medical condition.

“FSANZ welcomes comments from all members of the community, government agencies, public health professionals and industry.”

The regulator anticipates  that follow-on formula (for use from six months to under 12 months of age) will be considered in a later project.

The closing date for submissions is 6pm (Canberra time) on September 28.

More information can be found here