What goes into infant formula and how does a company decide that it is good for a baby?
IFM member companies work with pediatricians, nutritionists, microbiologists, toxicologists and other experts in their own laboratories and in collaborative clinical trials to advance scientific knowledge and promote proper infant feeding. Infant food production has always been the most strictly regulated sector of the food industry. Governments have developed extensive legislation to cover every aspect of foods for infants and young children, and manufacturers must comply with this stringent national legislation. The WHO/FAO Codex Alimentarius Commission, the United Nations body that sets international standards for foods, recognizes that infant formula is the only nutritionally complete substitute for breast-milk. Infant formula, when used as the sole source of nourishment, must, by law, meet all the energy and nutrient requirements of infants during the first six months of life. To advance infants’ healthy growth and development, IFM member companies continually advance scientific r