Eight new ISO Standards are being developed, specifically for the testing of micronutrients, such as vitamins, to ensure that the nutrient content of baby formula is conforming to the label declaration.
Although there are several existing food safety and Codex standards, these are not globally harmonised and are somewhat out-dated. As a result ISO and the International Dairy Federation (IDF) are working together to enforce better regulations.
This will safeguard from such events such as the ‘Chinese Milk Scandal Of 2008’ whereby infant formula was polluted with melamine. There were a total of 300,000 victims, 54,000 babies were hospitalised and six infants passed from kidney damage.
The International Standards Organization have stated that:
The new ISO standards will be proposed to Codex Alimentarius as so-called Type2 methods (i.e. reference methods) to enable them to be utilised for the purposes of dispute resolution globally. This means they will become the reference methods for the nutrients in infant formulas worldwide.
Further information on the release date will follow.