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Pollutants in baby formula

From the age of 6 months, babies can be fed with milk and cereal formula. This should provide children with sufficient dietary fibre, calcium and protein for a good development. However, it is possible that the formula can contain critical substances that are harmful to health.


Unwanted substances discovered in baby formula


  • Stiftung Warentest has tested 19 milk and cereal formula products for undesirable substances – one of these undesirable substances is chlorate. The salt of chloric acid is a by-product of the use of chlorine-containing chemicals for cleaning and disinfection and can lead to inhibited iodine absorption when absorbed.
  • For example, the rice processed in a rice pulp can be contaminated with arsenic. Arsenic is a semi-metal which occurs naturally in the soil and is thus absorbed by rice plants. According to a statement by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (statement no. 017/2015 of the BfR dated 6 February 2014), organic arsenic can be carcinogenic. For this reason, there are statutory limits for arsenic contamination in rice products which must not be exceeded.
  • In addition, 3-MCPD esters were determined in milk cereal porridge. 3-MCPD (3-monochloropropanediol) is an undesirable substance that can arise during the refining of vegetable oils and has a harmful potential.
  • Overall, the test showed that only three of the 19 products tested were rated good.


Comprehensive analysis for safe baby products


In order for you to launch safe, high-quality products on the market that parents trust, we recommend that you have the products analysed comprehensively.

bilacon tests the content of nutrients, vitamins and minerals in accordance with the requirements of the diet regulation. In addition, the products are tested for health-relevant products such as pesticides, 3-MCPD and glycidyl esters, chlorate and perchlorate, tropan alkaloids, mycotoxins, plasticizers, heavy metals and mineral oil hydrocarbons, as well as microbiological safety. We also recommend a labelling test according to food law.


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