Report: Additives in infant formula could be harmful

January 29, 2008

Report finds infant formula under scrutiny for alleged dangerous additives

A report released by The Cornucopia Institute claims that new additives placed in infant formula are seriously endangering the health of some formula-fed newborns and toddlers. The report, "Replacing Mother-Imitating Breast Milk in the Laboratory," details research questioning the alleged benefits of adding 'novel" omega-3 fatty acids, produced in laboratories and extracted from algae and fungus, into infant formulas. The additives raised health and safety flags during preapproval testing while aggressive marketing campaigns by some infant formula manufacturers appear to have encouraged new mothers to give up nursing for the questionable products. The Cornucopia Institute is a Wisconsin-based farm and food policy research group and corporate watchdog.

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