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FSANZ consultation on review of regulatory requirements for infant formula products
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reviewing regulatory requirements for infant formula products.
The focus of the consultation was the regulatory framework particularly for special infant formulas or infant formula products for special dietary use.
The paper was open for comment between 8 September 2021 - 20 October 2021
ABA, WBTi and ANU have submitted a joint response to Consultation Paper 3
Our specific concerns were made in the context of wider concerns about food regulation and governance that enable the inappropriate marketing of infant formula products. These specific concerns are about:
- Recategorization of Standard 2.9.1 Division 4 infant formula products for 'special dietary use' (IFPSDU) to IFPSMP ('special medical purposes')
- Assessment of novel foods and nutritive substances
- Labelling exemptions from the WHO International Code.
Call to action for FSANZ
In Australia, rates of full breastfeeding on discharge from maternity hospitals are decreasing across all health districts in NSW and Victoria, and - despite regulatory instruments, policies and strategies to protect, promote and support breastfeeding - are low, stagnant or declining for the country as a whole (Vaz et al. 2021). 2 Urgent action by government authorities, including FSANZ, is required to protect breastfeeding from inappropriate marketing of infant formula products in all settings.
Consequently, we urge FSANZ to prevent inappropriate marketing of infant formula products that occurs through labelling, health and nutrition claims and novel ingredients.