Kids Smart has been on the market for 12 years.
IN RESPONSE TO CLAIMS OF NANOPARTICLES IN BABY FORMULAS (3/7/17)
In response to claims of nanoparticles in a range of baby formulas including Nature’s Way Kids Smart Infant Formula in a recent Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia/Arizona State University report, Nature’s Way has already conducted a thorough investigation and is satisfied that the safety concerns raised are unfounded.
FSANZ, the Australian and New Zealand authority who develop the standards that regulate the use of ingredients in foods, released a statement over the weekend:
“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. This conclusion is supported by experts from our Scientific Nanotechnology Advisory Group…
Carers of infants should not be alarmed by this report or concerned about the safety of these products”.
- Nature’s Way Kids Smart Infant Formula Stage 1 has been formulated specifically to comply with the stringent FSANZ 2.9.1 Infant formula Standard & related Schedules of the Code.
- There has been no safety issue or adverse reaction, that has been recorded in regards to the Nature’s Way Kids Smart Infant Formula to date.
Adjunct Professor Andrew Bartholomaeus, a consultant toxicologist with the University of Canberra and the University of Queensland, says:
“There is no evidence to indicate that nano dimensions of particulates are of themselves a risk to human health… small quantities of nanoparticulates are a normal aspect of the human diet and present no basis for concern.
One of the forms of calcium phosphate in milk is hydroxyapatite. So it is unsurprising that hydroxyapatite is found in dried infant formula which is predominantly dried milk powder… There are no significant public health implications for the finding small crystals of naturally occurring calcium phosphates in milk-based products.”
- · Most importantly, we have confirmed with both the milk powder base supplier and the manufacturer of the goods, that no hydroxyapatite or nanomaterials are added to the goods during production, nor is any nanotechnology used in the production of the goods.
- Nature’s Way questions the validity of the FoE commissioned report methodology, testing procedures, samples and purported results.
- For example, one of the testing processes used by FoE as mentioned in the slides, TEM, notes that the products are sonicated for 30 minutes to suspend particles for the TEM test. The process of sonication breaks down particulates, which can itself cause particles to be broken down into nanoparticles, potentially leading to inaccurate results.
- · FSANZ: “Nanoscale materials are not new. Food is naturally composed of nanoscale sugars, amino acids, peptides and proteins, many of which form organised, functional nanostructures. ..
…. Humans have consumed these particles in foods throughout evolution without evidence of adverse health effects related to the nanoscale size of the materials. Foods, such as milk, naturally contain nano-scale constituents.”
For those who are concerned about the FoE report, please be advised that FSANZ has set up a Scientific Nanotechnology Advisory Group (SNAG) comprising experts in the fields of nanosafety, pharmacology, nano-food technology, toxicology and nanometrology.