The industry sponsored Nutraingredients states that the Agency’s draft scientific opinion concludes that most infants do not need complementary foods for nutritional reasons until around 6 months apart from exclusively breast-fed infants at risk of iron depletion. Other conclusions include a lack of evidence that early introduction of potentially allergenic foods – such as egg, cereals, fish and peanuts – increases the risk of children developing allergies. The scientific opinion also found no evidence for either beneficial or adverse eects of introducing foods containing gluten earlier than 6 months of age.
Public Consultation on the draft scientific opinion on appropriate age for introduction of complementary feeding into an infant’s diet. DEADLINE 29th May
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is holding a consultation on the age of use of processed cereal-based and baby food in the future as outlined in Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 on food intended for infants and young children. The open consultation, which closes 29 May 2019, aims to assess the scientific evidence that looks at whether the introduction of complementary foods before 6 months of age helps or hinders infant development.
The consultation is based on EFSA’s risk assessment. The risk management is not in EFSA’s remit. EFSA seems to be saying that although there is no need for complementary foods before 6 months there is a lack of evidence of risk of introducing complementary infant feeding at 3-6 months.
EU Joint Research Council (JRC) scientists reviewed current nutrient recommendations and food-based dietary guidelines for infants and young children in Europe. They also examined nutritional characteristics of food products marketed for consumption by this age group in EU markets. This work supports the development of a delegated act that will regulate specific compositional and information requirements for such foodstuffs.The Commission and which will inform future work on the delegated act: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/science-update/feeding-infants-and-young-children