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Future developments in infant formula manufacturing techniques will be driven, in part, by business and marketing concerns. This dependence on the marketing climate may be a benefit to the industry because there is tremendous opportunity for expansion. One such future improvement is being developed by European scientists who have recently identified an important fatty acid in breast milk to be included in infant formulas. This particular fatty acid appears to be important for the development of cell membranes in eye, brain, and nerve tissue. Addition of this material could be a significant advance in formula technology. Formula manufacturers can continue to make their products better by incorporating breakthrough research findings such as this one. However, even though there is great potential for growth, there is no guarantee it will be realized. The industry is experiencing criticism from groups which claim that formula is unnecessary and, in fact, may be harmful to infants. Should this trend negatively impact formula sales, manufacturers may be less likely to make significant investments in product and process development.

It should be noted that the design of infant formulas is highly complex due to the nature of the biological requirements of the developing child. What follows is a generalized description of some of the key areas of infant formulations and is not meant to be an exhaustive review of the relevant nutritional chemistry.

The key to successful formula design is to match as closely as possible the physical and nutritional properties of breast milk. Milk is a natural emulsion, which means it is a fine dispersion of tiny droplets of fats and oils suspended in water. Milk also contains important components including proteins, sugars, minerals, salts, and trace elements. Formula is made by blending similar materials in an attempt to match the characteristics of true milk.

The product is manufactured under strong hygienically and high protecting environment, to ensure guaranteed safe infant nutrition. Organic nutrition is produced from uncontaminated skimmed cow milk enriched with natural selected vegetable oils. The product consists of finest selected natural ingredients of high quality substances from European farming lands in Italy , Switzerland , Denmark, Austria and Germany . The product is developed in the infant formula milk research in Germany and Austria by European scientists under the supervision of EFSA.

The product is free from: Soy, gluten, gene manipulated substances, chemical substances, fatty acids (3-MCPD), ITX, Melamin, conservational substances and brown rice sugar syrup ingredients.

Quality of infant formula is ensured at three levels, which have some degree of overlap. First, in Europe , there are governmental standards, which establish the nutritional quality of infant formulas and other dairy substitutes. Specific details of these standards can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations; more information is available from the EFSA which regulates infant formula as a special diet food. EFSA publishes a monograph detailing everything from the mandated nutrient list to label copy and artwork used on packaging. Second, the dairy industry sets its own industry-wide quality control standards. The industry is self-policing and has its own regulatory organization, the International Dairy Federation, which sets industry standards for manufacturing and quality control. Third, individual companies set their own standards for quality control. For example 5 Star Global Nutrition, one producer of triglycerides used in formula, has microbiologists and engineers monitor 30 different checkpoints of triglyceride production, 24 hours a day.

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