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New FDA Rules Will Make Baby’s Formula Safer Than Ever Before

PUBLISHED ON 02/10/2014

Hey mom, big changes are coming to baby's formula. After almost twenty years of research, the FDA has finally proposed a  plan that will make sure that your infant's formula is safer and more nutritious.

The FDA now has rules in place that ensure that formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and other harmful pathogens before distribution. Though most formula manufacturers already do this, there was no formal rule requiring every brand to test — and retest — prior to sale but now, there will be. The rules also require every formula company to prove that they are including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals in their products, which will help the FDA keep tabs on companies. Additionally, the new rules require companies to provide data that shows their formula supports normal physical growth in infants and babies.

Michael Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner said, "The FDA sets high quality standards for infant formulas because nutritional deficiencies during this critical time of development can have a significant impact on a child's long-term health and well-being."

New rules, like the ones put in place by the FDA, are primarily aimed at new formula companies. And although the FDA recommends that moms breastfeed their newborns, they understand that 25 percent typically start out on formula.

Do you think the new FDA guidelines will ensure that baby's formula is more nutritious?

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