There have been urgent calls for food regulators in Australia and New Zealand to recall some brands of infant formula.

Environment group Friends of the Earth wants three brands of formula taken off shop shelves after tests showed they contained microscopic nano-hydroxyapatite particles, despite them being banned from use.

But Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) says there’s no new evidence to show that the formulas pose a risk to the health of babies and young children.

“FSANZ has reviewed the available information and concluded it does not contain any new evidence to suggest these products pose a risk to infant health and safety.”

“Carers of infants should not be alarmed by this report or concerned about the safety of these products,” the regulator said in a statement on Sunday.

Tests commissioned by Friends of the Earth found three of seven samples of infant formula on sale in Australia contained nano-hydroxyapatite particles, which have been found to damage cells in rat’s livers and kidneys.

The group says FSANZ should immediately recall the affected brands – Nestle NAN H.A. Gold 1, Nature’s Way Kids Smart 1 and Heinz Nurture Original 1 – and test all infant formulas on sale in Australia to check whether others contain hydroxyapatite or other banned substances.

FoE said the Nestle NAN H.A. Gold 1 and Nature’s Way Kids Smart 1 samples contained a needle-like form of hydroxyapatite, which the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has said is potentially toxic and should not be used in oral products such as toothpaste and mouthwash.

“Babies are particularly vulnerable to food safety risks since their immune systems are still developing,” FoE said.

“Often infant formula is the only food an infant receives. FSANZ needs to immediately recall these products.”

Friends of the Earth has called on the Assistant Minister for Health David Gillespie to intervene after our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) revealed yesterday that it would take no action to remove infant formula products containing illegal and potentially dangerous nanoparticles from supermarket shelves.

Do you think there needs to be an urgent review of baby formula? or do you trust FSANZ?

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  • i think that i would have still been upset or concerned over that occurrence and the official standards should be so incredibly high!


  • Was the testing done in NZ or Aust? Is all of it processed in the same factories or in both countries? We should be given more information….and a recall until the problem is solved.


  • Even if there is just a hint of something possibly dangerous in the baby milk I wouldn’t want to use it. I agree it needs to be removed until further testing is done.


  • I agree, if there is any room for doubt then it should be pulled from the shelves.


  • If there is any doubt, the product should be removed for testing.


  • Thank you for the interesting article, cheers.


  • When it comes to babies ALWAYS better safe than sorry


  • Doctors were saying on TV news that there is no need for this recall.


  • if in doubt, recall I say


  • It all sounds a little confusing to me, therefore concerning. It needs to be really clear – can my child have this formula or not?


  • It looks like a great risk to me. And I don’t understand why the FSANZ doesn’t want to take any action!!


  • If in doubt, recall it when babies or kids are t risk.


  • If they aren’t sure then recall them. Clearly its something that can be avoided in baby formula because it was only found in 3 so it can be excluded from all of them just to be on the safe side.


  • the need to figure it out pretty darn fast, if it was my call it would be recalled, tested then a decision made from there


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