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Proposed Codex Standards Cover Infant Formula, Functional Food Ingredients

January 13, 2010: 08:26 PM EST
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has proposed new voluntary standards for ensuring the quality and safety of several ingredients in infant formulas and various functional foods. If finalized after a 90-day comment period, the standards will be included in the Food Chemicals Codex, a collection of food ingredient criteria that guarantee products are free of harmful contaminants, consistent from batch to batch, etc. The proposed standards are for three nucleotides, present in breast milk and commonly added to infant formula, and two docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) oils, essential fish-derived omega 3 fatty acids often added to infant formula and functional foods.
Francine Pierson, "New Standards Enhance Quality And Safety Of Infant Formulas, Functional Foods", Medical News Today, January 13, 2010, © MediLexicon International Ltd
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