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NAFDAC warns against consumption of U.S. infant formulas

By Aderogba George

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to stop consuming and distributing infant formula made by Able Groupe, a US-based company.

The company’s infant formulas are said to have insufficient iron levels and do not meet other requirements of the United States Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA).

A statement released by NAFDAC chief executive Professor Moji Adeyeye revealed that the agency had received information from the US-FDA on the recall of certain infant formulas.

She said the recalled products were sold under the HiPP, Holle, Bioland and Kendamil brands, adding that they had been recalled because the pre-market notifications required for these new infant formulas had not been submitted. to the FDA.

Adeyeye identified Able Groupe’s products to include HiPP comfort milk formula, HiPP Dutch stage 1 combiotic infant milk formula, HiPP HA Germany pre-combiotic hypoallergenic stage infant formula.

In addition, Holle Bio Stage 1 organic infant formula, Holle Bio pre-organic infant formula, Lebenswert Anfangsmilch organic infant formula stage 1 and the first HiPP UK stage 1 infant formula. Combiotic.

She said the products contained less than one milligram of iron per 100 calories and that the eight infant formula labels did not contain the required ingredient, including not being labeled as required by the Code of Federal Regulations Title. 21 (21 CFR 107.10 and 107.20).

Adeyeye said the recalled products are intended to be a complete or partial replacement for breast milk for children 12 months of age and under, but that by containing less than one milligram (1 mg) of iron per 100 calories, it may be possible that they do not provide enough iron for some infants, especially infants born prematurely or with low birth weight.

Likewise, they may also not be suitable for people with low birth iron levels or those at risk of becoming iron deficient from illness.

She explained that insufficient iron intake during infancy can lead to anemia, an iron deficiency which, if left untreated, has irreversible consequences on cognitive and functional development.

“Infant formulas that contain less than one milligram of iron per 100 calories must include a label statement that extra iron may be needed.

“NAFDAC urges importers, distributors, retailers and consumers, who have these products in stock, to stop the distribution, sale and use of these recalled products.

“NAFDAC encourages consumers and healthcare professionals to report adverse events related to the use of these recalled products to the nearest NAFDAC office,” she said.

The public is also advised to report any problem related to these infant formulas to NAFDAC PRASCOR (20,543 FREE PAGES from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng or NAFDAC Med Safety Mobile App.

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