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Feds look to enforce product safety standards for baby formula

Parents do everything they can to ensure that their children are safe and healthy. Because development in infants is incredibly important, seeking the best nutritional options is often a top priority. As such, when parents buy baby formula, they might take the time to find what food product will work best for their child.

What parents may not think about too much is whether the formula they choose is safe and contains the nutrients advertised on packaging. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that they will be making efforts to help make sure parents don't have to worry that they're feeding their infant children unhealthy or unsafe food.

Officials from the FDA noted that most formula manufacturers abide by the rules established by the government, but they've established means for the companies to prove that they test for salmonella and other contaminants. Additionally, steps are being taken for manufacturers to demonstrate that required and advertised nutrients are actually included in formula.

Federal law requires baby formula to contain certain proteins, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. This is to help make sure that children get healthy food, no matter what product is purchased. The new rules simply help enforce the laws on the books.

The new FDA rules for baby formula serve as a reminder how important the manufacturing process is in vital consumer products. Anytime a person is purchasing something as important as food for their children, they deserve to know what they are purchasing will not be harmful. Failing to ensure food safety and quality standards on the part of the manufacturer shows a disregard for the law and expectations of consumers.

Source: NBC News, “FDA Announces New Rules on Infant Formula Safety,” The Associated Press, Feb. 6, 2014

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