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Reviewing Standard 2.9.1 - Infant Formula

Last updated: 21 May 2021

Through Proposal P1028, FSANZ is reviewing Standard 2.9.1 – Infant Formula Products and other standards in the Code that regulate infant formula.

The aim of this proposal is to ensure regulation of infant formula is clear and reflects the latest scientific evidence. We are also considering harmonising the Code with international regulations.

In 2016, FSANZ consulted on issues relating to infant formula (for use from birth to <12 months of age). As a result of that consultation we expanded our review to assess infant formula for special dietary use (IFPSDU) by seeking stakeholder views on a range of issues for this product category. A consultation paper on IFPSDU was released in 2017.

Given  the broad scope of this proposal, FSANZ is developing a series of consultation papers which focus on key aspects of infant formula regulation. The papers will be released in sequence with the first of these (released on 21 May 2021) covering safety and food technology. Topics covered in subsequent papers will include nutrient composition, definitions, the regulatory framework, and labelling for provision of information.

The consultation papers will inform the 1st Call for Submissions (CFS) which will summarise our considerations and outline the proposed regulatory approach.

View consultation papers and submissions

What is not included in the review?

We anticipate that follow-on formula (for use from 6 months <12 months of age) will be considered in later projects; however toddler milks (designed for children 1–3 years) will not be reviewed in these projects.

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More information

Consultation paper (2012)

A consultation paper released in 2012 sought stakeholder feedback on issues including the operation of the current standards relating to infant formula products, composition of infant formula products and labelling and advertising of infant formula products. 

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