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Quality and safety of infant formulas, functional foods enhanced by new standards
Date:1/11/2010

the three new FCC standards include validated test methods that provide an accurate and repeatable means of measuring the ingredients' components, and corresponding reference materials, which are authenticated chemical specimens that ensure compliance to an FCC written standard. No such standards with validated test methods and corresponding reference materials currently exist for these ingredients within any food compendium.

"Consumers deserve to know the product they are feeding their infants contains ingredients that are pure and of high qualityas do manufacturers who seek to provide the best possible product to their customers," said James Griffiths, Ph.D., vice president of food, dietary supplement and excipient standards for USP. "These standards will serve to help advance the quality of these key ingredients."

The new standards being proposed for DHA oils are for DHA Algal Oil, Crypthecodinium Type and DHA Algal Oil, Schizochytrium Type. The first is used in infant formulas as well as for a wide variety of other products considered "functional foods" such as soy milk and yogurts; the second is used for functional foods but not in infant formula. No other food compendium contains standards for these two ingredients. Supplementing formulas with DHA as well as arachidonic acid (ARA) is supported by the World Health Organization at levels of 0.35 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. U.S. infant formula manufacturers began to offer formulas containing DHA and ARA in 2002.

"In the modern manufacturing environment, food companies procure the ingredients they use in their finished products from facilities all over the world," Dr. Griffiths noted. "Within this highly competitive atmosphere in which suppliers seek to provide the most economical ingredients for purchase, the existence of and adherence to quality standards for ingredients can be a significant protection in guarding against substandard ingredientsand one of the safety nets
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Contact: Francine Pierson
fp@usp.org
301-816-8588
US Pharmacopeia
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