Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment
on an application to reduce the minimum protein requirement for
milk-based follow-on formula in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards
Code (the Code).
Follow-on formula is suitable for infants aged 6 to less than 12 months and is intended to be consumed with complementary food, not as a sole source of nutrition.
FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the application from Nestlé Australia Limited and Nestlé New Zealand Limited seeks to reduce the minimum protein requirement for follow-on formula from 0.45 g/100 kJ to 0.38 g/100 kJ.
“FSANZ reviewed the best available scientific evidence to determine whether the reduced protein level protects the health and safety of formula-fed infants. We concluded that the requested minimum protein requirement (0.38 g/100 kJ) for milk-based follow-on formula is appropriate and safe,” Mr Booth said.
“The minimum protein requirement for soy-based follow-on formula would not change.
“The proposed change will also promote consistency between European regulations and the Code.
“I encourage all interested stakeholders to provide comments by 6pm (Canberra time) 13 June 2019.”
All FSANZ decisions on applications are notified to ministers responsible for food regulation who can ask for a review or agree that the standard should become law.
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