Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Fifth Significant Commercial Infant Formula Danger for 2006

I believe that this FDA report is fifth significant/reported commercial infant formula danger in 2006 alone, the 3rd or 4th in the US: metal fragments in two different instances, chemicals, too much iron, no vitamin C, now too little calcium and phosporus (reported by the FDA 7 months after its discovery, if I am reading the article below correctly)...

The US goverment, through USDA/WIC is the largest single purchaser of formula in the US, and perhaps globally. One would hope that the monitoring and regulation would be more timely and more effective.

Given that the WIC breastfeeding support is supported by kick-backs, called "rebates", from the formula companies - which must be significantly overpaid for the formula by the government in order to be able to supply these "rebates" at the level of millions of dollars to each state. Isn't this situation worth some exploration?

FDA warns Nestle infant formula fails nutrition standards
By Jennifer Corbett Dooren
Last Update: 11:44 AM ET Dec 12, 2006
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Nestle S.A. (NSRGY) that a sample of its Good Start infant formula failed to meet minimum nutrition standards for calcium and phosphorus.
The Nov. 27 warning letter was posted Tuesday on the FDA's Web site.
The letter stemmed from a May inspection of a Nestle facility located in Eau Claire, Wis.
The FDA said on May 26, 2006, it collected a sample of Nestle brand Good Start Infant Formula with Iron, 13 fluid ounces, and tested it. The agency said the formula fell just short of the required FDA standards for calcium and phosphorus and also was less than the amount stated on the formula's label...The FDA said Nestle was in violation of federal regulations and was required to respond to the FDA detailing steps it has taken or will take to correct the problem. A message left with a spokeswoman for Nestle's U.S. unit in Glendale, Calif., wasn't immediately returned."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How can you be so radical?! if you would be a little smarter, you would analize the whole situation..not focusing on an extreme point. I think is good companies like Nestle exist, and can do the research necessary to make each time better infant formulas, for mother who work or are not able to breast feed...if they make good money of their bussiness they will have more money for research, if they can declare the properties the products have, it will incentive them to keep on developing more functional ingredients...y la gente pobre de todas formas no va a utilizar formulas...