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Infant Milk

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) supported on the inclusion of synthetic fluorides in infant milk formulas. (112887)

[pursuant to the reply, 11 January 2007, Official Report, c. 697W]: The Department and the Food Standards Agency have not commissioned or supported research on this topic. The composition of infant formula is harmonised at European Union-level (EU), and for fluoride reflects the recommendation of the EU Scientific Committee for Food that, on safety and nutritional grounds, no minimum level, but a maximum level of 100 micrograms of fluoride per 100 kcal, should be set. This advice recognises the potential fluoride intakes of infants from supplements and/or water used to make up the formula.