BRUSSELS, May 11 (Xinhua) -- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Thursday published a new guidance for infant and follow-on formula manufactured from protein hydrolysates to assist applicants preparing and presenting documents for authorisation of their products.
According to the guidance, the information the applicants need to provide include characterisation of the hydrolysed infant or follow-on formula, information about the nutritional safety and suitability of the formula, and information on the product's efficacy in reducing the risk of developing an allergy to milk proteins.
Formulas manufactured from protein hydrolysates contain protein which has been partially broken down to different degrees in order to reduce the risk of infants developing allergies.
EFSA decided that follow-on formula with a protein content of at least 1.6 grams per 100 kilocalories made from either cow or goat's milk is safe and suitable for infants living in Europe. Current EU legislation sets the minimum protein content at 1.8 g/100kcal.