Baby Food

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Baby Food

According to FDA, there are 800,000 illnesses that affect children under the age of 10 in the U.S. every year. Infants and young children are particularly susceptible to foodborne illness because their immune systems are not developed enough to fight infections. This is why manufacturers should be especially careful when handling and preparing food and recipes.

There are many types of baby food, such as:

Infant formula -The requirements for infant formula are found in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. All infant formula manufacturers must start with safe food ingredients. In addition to ensuring the nutritional quality of specific formulations prior to sale, FDA also sets requirement for correct labeling, nutrient content, manufacturer quality control procedures, and company records and reports.

Complementary foods –When a child is up to 6 months old, the parent will introduce him or her to foods and drinks other than breast milk and infant formula. There are many ready-to-eat complementary foods, such as punches with fruit & veggie flavors, crackers, biscuits and puffs.

Our extensive range of test kits will help you to meet local regulatory requirements and control the quality from the raw materials to final products.

Mycotoxins

As toxic to animals and humans, mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by fungi which can contaminate the food chain. Children up to 12 years old are more sensitive to neurotoxicity and endocrine and immunological effects, and are recognized as a potentially vulnerable group when they are exposed to these contaminants (e.g. deoxynivalenol, aflatoxins, ochratoxins, patulin and fumonisins). To protect babies’ health and avoid recalls, manufacturers should monitor mycotoxin analytes throughout the entire production chain. Read more

Hormones and anabolics

All manufacturers of baby food must use safe food ingredients, which are either generally recognized as safe (GRAS) or approved as food additives for baby food. Considering the hormone residues in meat, fruits and seafood, these raw materials for baby food must be tested before production. Read more

Anticoccidial drug

Chicken can be used as raw materials for some ready-to-eat baby food, such as creamy chicken stew and turkey & gravy. However, coccidiosis is a severe disease in the poultry industry and people use anticoccidial drugs for both prophylaxis and treatment. For the baby’s safe, all poultry raw materials should be tested for the anticoccidial drug residues before production. Read more

Antibiotics

When manure from antibiotic-fed livestock is used as a fertilizer, some of the antibiotic content enters the soil and is absorbed by crops. That’s why the manufacturers want to test their ingredients used for making baby food to meet FDA’s requirements and improve the quality. Read more

Pesticides

Apples represent the main component of most fruit-based baby food products, therefore the occurrence of pesticide residues in its final product is of high concern. A uniform 0.01 mg/kg MRL for any pesticide residue in processed baby foods has been established by the European Commission. As a consequence, raw materials intended for baby food production have to be chosen carefully. Read more

Chemical contaminants

Bisphenol A or BPA is an estrogen mimicking chemical. As one component of some liquid containers, it may leach into baby food and cause cancer or other health risks. However, unintended contamination during storage and production is very common. It's better to monitor the whole production chain to make sure these chemical contaminates comply with local regulations. Read more

Allergens

Infants and toddlers are more sensitive to immunological effects. According to the FDA, baby foods made with “major food allergen’’ marketed in the U.S. must be labeled in simple-to-understand terms. If manufacturers use any of these ingredients (milk; egg; fish; crustacean shellfish; tree nuts; wheat; peanuts; soybeans), they must apply correct label to remind people. In addition to ingredients, unintended contamination during storage and production is also very common. For these reasons, final products should be tested to protect consumers from allergy. Read more

Food pathogens

Cronobacter species are opportunistic pathogens with a mortality rate of 40 to 80%. This pathogen can cause a range of serious diseases such as meningitis, septicemia, necrotizing enterocolitis, and brain abscesses. Powdered infant formula has been identified as a major source of these outbreaks. It’s manufacturers’ responsibility to monitor these pathogens during the entire production chain to protect babies from illness. Read more

Vitamins

Babies and toddlers need a variety of vitamins to grow healthy and strong. For example, Vitamin D is important for healthy bones. Knowing the accurate data of vitamins of your own products, you can regulate your formula and meet your consumer requirements. Read more

Why choose us?

Creative Diagnostics is a leading provider of testing kits for the global food industry. With our test kits, you can implement a comprehensive food safety and quality strategy and comply with local, national and international regulations. Our experts have deep expertise in commodities and product development. Our testing kits can be applied from the raw materials to the final products throughout the entire production chain. With high sensitivity, all of our kits are easy and ready to use.

We will offer you:
A wide range of testing kits to meet your needs
Cost-effective testing kits to reduce your expenses
Highly sensitive and ready to use testing kits to simplify your works
100% accurate data from our testing kits to protect your business

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References:

1. Raiola A, et al. “Risk analysis of main mycotoxins occurring in food for children: An overview.” Food & Chemical Toxicology. 2015, 84:169-180.
2. Norberg S, et al. “Cronobacter spp. in powdered infant formula.” J Food Prot. 2012, 75(3):607-20.
3. Kovacova J, et al. “Production of apple-based baby food: changes in pesticide residues.” Food Additives & Contaminants. 2014, 31(6):1089-1099.

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