Dietitians Australia has submitted feedback to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) on infant formula standards (July 2021).

As the best source of nutrition for development and health, infants in Australia should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, and continue breastfeeding as part of a diversified diet into their second year of life. When breastfeeding or breastmilk is not an option, infant formulas can be used under the guidance of appropriately qualified health professionals, particularly dietitians.

The FSANZ P1208 Proposal aims to revise and clarify standards relating to infant formula.

Paper 1 addresses the safety and food technology of infant formula, from manufacture to preparation by caregivers.

Dietitians Australia has given feedback on the 4 focus areas of Paper 1:

  • Food additives
  • Contaminants
  • Lactic acid producing micro-organisms
  • Labelling for safe preparation and use

To read our recommendations download our full submission.

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