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Powdered baby formula
Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 40, Issue 3.
Research carried out by scientists at Nottingham Trent University is helping to inform international guidelines and advice for feeding infants with powdered baby formula. Their findings show that whilst existing guidelines state that water used for preparing the formula should be more than 70C in temperature, differences in the volume of water used and time spent cooling can both prolong the survival of potentially harmful types of bacteria.
Published by the Food Standards Agency, the research was carried out as a continuation of earlier scientific investigations by the World Health Organisation who recognised that a risk of serious and harmful infection from powdered baby formula does exist, albeit extremely rare. The research also identified that bacteria found in whey-based formulas – the main ingredient in “first milks” – had a higher heat tolerance than bacteria found in casein-based products, or “second milks”.