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April 16, 2018

EU Regulation n. 2018/561 - Infant formulas: lower limit of protein intake from cow's or goat's milk in children products

In response to the request made by a food business operator to reduce the protein content of intact proteins of cow's or goat's milk in the continuation formulas, and following the favorable opinion of the European Food Safety Authority, the European Commission has reduction of the protein limit of intact proteins of cow's or goat's milk in the formula of continuation from "at least 1.8 g of protein / 100 kcal (0.43 g / 100 kJ)" to "at least 1.6 g / 100 kcal (0.38 g / 100 kJ) ".

IN DEPTH
The European Commission, with EU Regulation of 29 January 2018 n. 561, amended in the community legislation that has provided specific provisions on the matter:

  • composition and information for infant formulas and follow-on formulas;
  • information on the nutrition of the infant and the child in early childhood;

The Regulations come into force on 2 May 2018.

Provisions envisaged by EU Regulation no. 2018/561

In view of the fact that:

  • the community legislation that has provided specific provisions on the composition and information for formulas for infants and formulas for continuation, has provided for the formulas of continuation based on proteins of cow's milk or goat's milk a content of at least 1, 8 g of protein / 100 kcal (0.43 g / 100 kJ);
  • a food business operator has submitted to the Commission a request for the placing on the market of a continuation formula based on intact proteins of cow's milk with a protein content of at least 1.61 g / 100 kcal;
  • The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that the use of continuation formulas based on intact proteins of cow's milk or goat's milk with a protein content of 1.6 g / 100 kcal (0.38 g / 100 kJ) it is safe and is suitable for healthy infants who live in Europe and receive complementary feeding of sufficient quality;

the Commission lowered the protein limit of intact proteins of cow's or goat's milk in the formula from "at least 1.8 g protein / 100 kcal (0.43 g / 100 kJ)" to "at least 1.6 g / 100 kcal (0.38 g / 100 kJ) ".