In a move applauded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the FDA is finally standardizing manufacturing guidelines for baby formula. The ruling will make formula safer, which is good news after major brands like Similac and Enfamil have seen recalls over the past few years.
Manufacturers are now required to test for two harmful pathogens, salmonella (which can cause diarrhea and fever) and cronobacter (which can cause meningitis). Formula companies must prove that that their products support normal physical growth. The FDA also mandated that manufacturers test the nutrient content of formula before it enters the market and at the end of its shelf life.
Rest assured, though, that most formula companies have been voluntarily practicing quality control procedures and safe manufacturing all along. But these new federally-enforceable requirements hold companies even more accountable.
These new requirements only apply to formulas intended for healthy infants without unique dietary problems. And the FDA does still strongly encourage mothers to breastfeed.
Do these safety measures make you more likely to use formula?