Labeling of food for infants– a mute story of solicitude

Moorkoth, Sudheer and Das, Amrita (2013) Labeling of food for infants– a mute story of solicitude. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 5 (4). pp. 59-64. ISSN 0975-1491

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A parent knows that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants (0-12 months of age) but sometimes it may not be possible to breastfeed an infant. Commercially prepared food for infants usually called as infant formula and follow-on formula is used in situations where mother cannot breastfeed the baby. Information about the product is reflected through its label, which tells the details about the food product a parent or caretaker selects for his/her baby. Know-how of the labeling regulations is equally important for assuring safety of infant food. It is also vital that the information is precise, clear and easily understandable. This paper outlines the labeling requirements for infant formula by different health regulatory authorities and compares this with the existing practice in India. A review of various research reports on infant food and their recommendations for improving the safety of the infant food also is included. This knowledge can help the consumers in selecting the right product for their babies and can prevent any risk associated with its use. A special concern that came to light during this review is that, presently in India, there is an unavailability of special infant food formula for those neonates and infants having inborn errors of metabolism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infant formula; Follow-on/up formula; Labeling regulation; Nutrient information; Codex Alimentarius; International Code of Breast Milk Substitutes.
Subjects: Pharmacy > MCOPS Manipal > Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2013 04:08
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2013 04:08

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