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US urged Vietnam to reconsider infant formula advertising ban

The US government attempted to interfere with Vietnamese legislation relating to infant formula advertising, a letter has revealed.

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Aflatoxin-tainted infant formula recalled in China

Chinese dairy processor Hunan Ava Dairy Co is recalling five batches of infant formula after a local government study found high levels of cancer-causing aflatoxins.

US infant formula makers refuse to back BPA ban petition as decision edges closer

The International Formula Council (IFC) has refused to support the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-lodged petition that could see bisphenol A (BPA) banned in infant formula packaging in the...

Codex regulation ‘bolts the door’ on infant milk melamine contamination

The Codex Alimentarius Commission has set new maximum limits for melamine in liquid infant milk in an effort to ‘bolt-up’ regulations and prevent a repeat of the 2008 Chinese scandal caused by the...

ISO to cooperate with AOAC on infant formula standards

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and AOAC International have agreed to cooperate on the development of infant formula and adult nutritionals-related standards in an effort to avoid “duplication.”


Arla Foods supply deal secures Chinese product pipeline for infant formula firm

Arla Foods has signed a financing and supply agreement with signficant pediatric nutrition and baby care product producer Biostime International Holdings to supply the Hong Kong-listed company with infant formula. ...

Bioactive whey proteins show benefits for blood vessels: Glanbia study

A whey-protein-rich ingredient may improve blood vessel function in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease, reports a new randomized, double-blind study supported by Glanbia.

Infant formula marketing tightened as EU Parliament adopts PARNUTS amendments

The European Dietetic Food Industry Association (IDACE) says first-reading amendments to EU dietetic food laws approved in the European Parliament today can provide the basis for a ‘soft landing’ even...

South African infant formula purchase boycott lacks ‘merit’ - Nestlé

Nestlé South Africa has shrugged-off threats of a purchasing boycott relating to infant formula among the country’s Hindu community, stating that the encouragement by a religious leader lacks “merit.”

Infant formula brain development benefits within range of breast milk - report

The brain development of infants raised on milk-based infant formula does “not differ significantly” from those fed breast milk and soy protein-based formula, a US study has claimed.

New method to detect vet drugs in infant food bolsters EU zero tolerance approach - research

Spanish researchers said the development of a novel method for detecting minute levels of veterinary drugs in certain baby foods will help reinforce the European Union’s zero-tolerance approach to their...

Swedish-Israeli joint venture to double infant formula fatty acid output by 2013

Swedish supplier AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) and Enzymotec, its Isreaeli partner in a proprietary infant formula fatty acid project, are expanding production at AAK’s Swedish base as Chinese demand booms.

A2C aims at 'pan Asian' infant formula business via new Synlait Milk partnership

New Zealand firm A2 Corporation (A2C) has announced a strategic agreement whereby Synlait Milk will manufacture A2's branded nutritional powders on the firm's behalf as A2C aims at lucrative Chinese...

Whey protein lent healthy ageing opportunity with new research: Volac

Europe’s largest whey protein supplier Volac claims that new scientific research backs the ingredient’s healthy ageing benefits for older consumers, and the need for ‘tailored nutrition strategies’ to meet their...

Allergen test may not accurately detect milk proteins triggers, warn researchers

The standard test used to detect potentially allergenic milk proteins in processed foods may not work as well as previously believed, according to new research.

Goat’s milk protein gets EFSA all clear for infant formula use

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a scientific opinion concluding that protein from goat’s milk is a suitable protein source for infant and follow-on formulae, provided the final...

Nestlé India faces charge for alleged infant formula labelling law violations

Nestlé India has been charged by a court in Delhi for allegedly violating laws relating to the correct labeling of infant formula products and for associated failings regarding advertisements in...

Maltodextrin infant formula fears – Chinese officials respond

China’s National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment yesterday moved to reassure consumers that maltodextrins added to infant formula and other foods are safe when used within set limits.

Fonterra ‘cross-leverages’ infant nutrition expertise to capture senior nutrition trend

New Zealand dairy processor Fonterra has told that it is working to cross-leverage its scientific expertise in infant health and nutrition – in areas such as probiotics – to...

Volac launches consumer brand to push whey protein beyond macho male niche

European whey protein manufacturer Volac has launched its first consumer branded products to drive mainstream awareness of the benefits of whey protein beyond a macho male niche, and protect the...

Nitrogen conversion factor issue risks ‘undervaluing’ quality dairy protein, Volac

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has dismissed industry claims that a newly published scientific opinion that sets nitrogen conversion factors (NCFs) to calculate food protein content risks penalising dairy...

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UK whey protein market hitting ‘critical mass’ - Volac

Mark Neville, head of lifestyle ingredients at Volac, told that the UK market for whey protein was hitting “critical mass”, since everyone knew someone who used such ingredients, with...

Europe isn’t ‘squeaky clean’ warns expert, after new claims of Chinese infant formula death

A leading food safety expert has urged people to remember that Europe is not squeaky clean when it comes to scare stories, following the reported death of another Chinese baby...

Fraunhofer looks beyond Wheylayer film coatings to ‘encouraging’ thermoformable composite work

Gemany’s Fraunhofer Institute says that after the success of research on replacing petrochemical-based polymers in food packaging film barriers with sustainable whey-based alternatives, scientists are now striving to replace EVOH...

EFSA should review ’growing up’ milks before regulations change, says EU infant foods group

The European Union should put the brakes on any mooted changes to rules governing milks targeting 1-3 year olds until a scientific review can be conducted, according to the EU...

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