IBFAN recommendations for strengthening the Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on food intended for infants and young children and on food for special medical purposes
Tonight (14th November) the EU Commission, Council and MEPs will meet for the third time in an effort to find a common position. Below are some key points that IBFAN would like to see in the Regulation.
Click here for a Background briefing
Click here for a Presentation on the International Code and the EU which I will be presenting to the European Commission's Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and health this morning
Click here for our Press release following the Parliament debate in June
Click Here for Infant milks in the UK report by First Steps Nutrition
1 Protect optimal infant and young child feeding and parents' rights to information that is free from commercial bias
The new regulation should state that the rules of composition, labelling and advertising of all foods for infants and young children should be in conformity with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World health Assembly Resolutions.
2 Ensure responsible marketing
3 Ensure the safety of baby foods
Some risks identified in formulas for older babies
A report by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) (16.08.2011) found that ‘toddler’ milk does not offer any advantage compared to reduced fat cow milk. “From a nutritional and physiological point of view these special toddler milks are not necessary”, says BfR President, Professor Dr. Andreas Hensel. “The manufacturers of toddler milk drinks often refer to high consumption amounts on the packaging of their products. According to these recommended consumptions children would consume through children’s milk alone high amounts of macronutrients and micronutrients. Within the framework of the overall diet this would favour in the long-term an oversupply with all nutrients. From a nutritional physiological and health point of view this is problematic.”
The Italian Consumer Association Altroconsumo analysed these products and published a statement very similar to the German one in 2009.
A survey in 2010 by the Hong Kong Department of Health (HKSAR) found that “children who drank more milk (mainly formula milk) than the recommended volume generally consumed smaller amounts of grains, vegetables and fruits. Use of the bottle and parents’ misconceptions about the nutritional benefits of formula milk might have contributed to the high milk intake and the choice of milk.” Prolonged Bottle Use and Obesity at 5.5 Years of Age in US Children, Gooze et al, J Pediatrics 2011, Sept; 159 (3):431-6
A survey by the German consumer centres on the products being sold as “Kindermilch” (“milk for children”) targeting the age from 12 months found that Kindermilch was up to four times more expensive than normal milk, costing parents up to 245 euros more each year. 
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