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Rapid growth and intense needs mean quality matters in infant nutrition

Posted:  Friday, July 13, 2012

Quality and safety aspects of infant nutrition are vitally important for child health, but they often fail to get the attention they need as many in the health care profession focus on the more functional benefits of early nutrition. That is according to Prof. Berthold Koletzko of Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, University of Munich Medical Centre.

Prof. Koletzko and Prof. Ranaan Shamir chairman of the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases, Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel, have edited a supplement in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism reviewing ‘Quality and safety aspects of infant nutrition’. 
While there is currently a high level of food quality and safety, it is mentioned that this is not a reason to be complacent. The food industry is encouraged to take primary responsibility for ensuring the safety and suitability of their products, conduct thorough science-based reviews of all new and modified products, and to work together with other producers and food-safety authorities, paediatricians and scientists globally to best protect public health.

The concepts, standards and practices that relate to infant food quality and safety were discussed at a recent scientific workshop organized by the Child Health Foundation and the Early Nutrition Academy jointly with the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

For more information, download a copy of the full articles online: ‘Quality and safety aspects of infant nutrition