The Food Safety Standards and Testing of Baby Food
Posted by beauty33 on July 25th, 2020
Definition of infant food
Baby food is a kind of food specially for infants and young children from birth to 3 years old. It can be divided into infant formulas (based on milk, bean and special medical uses), formulas for older infants and young children, and weaning periods (transition period) food.
Classification of infant food
It mainly includes infant formula, medical special infant formula and milk powder (soy matrix, iron fortification, low allergens, etc.), weaned infant cereals (cereals as the base, infants with fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, etc.) infant food supplement), frozen infant food supplement, organic infant food, etc.
Influencing factors of food safety for infants and young children
Main influencing factors-food additives
Common food additives in infant food:
Improve the nutrient content of the product-a nutrition enhancer;
Infants and children of different months of age have different levels of nutritional needs. Food nutrition fortifiers are a type of natural nutrients in the range of natural nutrients that are added to human food or artificially formulated to enhance nutrients. Food nutrient fortifiers are widely used in the factory for the enhancement of 72 infant foods. They play an active role in supplementing various nutrients for infants and young children. They are an important type of food ingredients for infants and young children.
Maintain or improve product quality or meet the needs of processing technology-emulsifiers, acidity regulators, antioxidants, etc. Due to the special nature of infant food, the use of food additives in them has stricter management and special limit requirements.
Specifications and testing of food additives
The specifications of food additives used in infant foods should comply with CAC/MISC6;
The detection methods mainly refer to the standards of developed countries or regions, such as the American Association of Analytical Chemists Standards (AOAC), Nordic Food Analysis Committee Standards (NMKL), European Union Standards (EN), etc.
Nutrition enhancer used in infant food:
In the CAC regulatory system, nutrition fortifiers do not belong to the category of food additives, and have separate management regulations.
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