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Additives in Baby Products Raise Fresh Concerns in New Zealand

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) has issued a warning to the Kiwi parents to stop using a popular baby formula for fear that it has additives not cleared for use in New Zealand . This warning has raised fresh concern regarding the safety of baby food in the country.

The NZFSA raised concern that the food has a laxative-type ingredient in the baby formula.

Four Nutricia Karicare Gold Plus products produced by the Dutch company have been on the shelves of the super market for the past six months. It is also in use at more than half of the countrys hospitals. The four products identified as a risk by the authority were Karicare Nutriprem Gold Plus Ready to Feed Pre-term Formula, Karicare Gold Plus Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula, Karicare Gold Plus Infant Formula and Karicare Gold Plus Follow-On Formula.

The authority's acting director-general, Andrew McKenzie, issued the warning, saying the products contained fructo-oligosaccharides (Fos) used to soften babies' bowel motions. He said the use of Fos made such products "non-compliant under the joint Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code". Fos, which is refined from vegetable matter and can be synthetically produced, is permitted in Europe.

The authority has asked the company to remove the products from the market.

The company has refuted the NZFSA charges and refused to pull down the product from the market.

This warning comes in the wake of the last months recall of Chinese tooth paste containing a chemical used in anti-freeze.

These incidents have exposed the laxity of the safety regime officials. Ultimately the consumers themselves have to take precautions like reading the labels to protect themselves.

Some parents had complained that they babies had diarrhea when they used the formula.

But NZFSA officials were unable to enforce a recall because under New Zealand law they would firs
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