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FSANZ calls for comments on infant formula proposal

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is seeking comments on its proposed approach to revising infant formula requirements in the Food Standards Code.

FSANZ CEO Steve McCutcheon says that although breastfeeding is the recommended way to feed a baby, a safe and nutritious substitute for breast milk is needed for babies who are not breastfed.

“FSANZ is looking at clarifying some standards, bringing them up to date with the latest scientific evidence and aligning with international regulations,” he said.

“This paper covers a range of issues including composition, safety and food technology and labeling.

“We welcome comments from all members of the community, government agencies, public health professionals and industry.”

After assessing submissions on this consultation paper, FSANZ expects to prepare a call for submissions for public release.

The closing date for submissions is May 17, 2016.

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