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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Public Service Announcement

The FDA issued a warning letter to Nestle.

This letter is dated November 27, 2006, and this is the first piece of information I have come across regarding the fact that "Nestle® brand Good Start Infant Formula with Iron (was found to be) in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and the implementing regulations contained within Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 107 (21 CFR 107)".

Apparently the calcium and phosphorus levels were below the minimum requirements set for infant formula and were less than what was stated on the label.

I have been scouring the internet looking for more information and I came across this from the Associated Press dated December 12, 2006. Nestle has 15 working days to address the FDA's concerns so hopefully we'll know more soon.

I just don't understand how a woman breastfeeding on a plane can cause a media frenzy while infant formula found to be nutritionally deficient barely causes a blip on the media radar.

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Blogger venessa said...

That's terrible! My SIL is a nurse and she always told me to avoid Nestle, though I can't recall all the exact details she gave me. It's a real disgrace that there aren't better options out there for moms who can't or don't want to bf.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Aaryn said...

Oh. My. God. Seriously? My stomach just dropped considering that, as an adoptive mom, I had little choice but to use formula and this was what our pediatrician recommended. Funny. I remember cringing at the fact that the first food product I was giving my daughter was manufactured by Nestle. I'd like to interject an expletive here but I know this is a family blog.

Thanks for the heads up!

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Sunny said...

Wow! That’s terrible! As someone unable to breastfeed that’s scary.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Maybe it is from being on the feeding board, but I never considered Goodstart as a choice. I am glad that I have that stuck in my head. Yes, I was the crazy woman in the store comparing the differences between the orgnaic and regular Similac. Even writing stuff down to research later.

I just wish that if women are not or unable to breastfeed that they research formula and the proper way to prepare it. I thought I knew until I read that paper that some of the women put on the board. There is more to formula than just putting it in a bottle of water.

Thanks for getting the word out.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Vienna said...

Wow, Amanda, I wouldn't have known this had I not been at your blog today. That IS a sorry state of affairs that this has gotten no attention in the media.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Vienna said...

OMG! I just realized that the sample was taken SIX MONTHS AGO and they are just now warning Nestle! I am outraged at the slowness of our government. HOLY COW.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Amanda. said...

On one hand, I'm glad the FDA is checking up on these sorts of things but on the other hand, this was 6 months ago and Nestle has made NO MENTION of this anywhere. I think they owe it to the consumers.

You all know I love me some breastfeeding but there are plenty of women who are unable to breastfeed or don't want to and their babies deserve the best! Not nutrient deficiencies!!

8:45 PM  
Blogger lisapatt said...

Frickin thing wouldn't let me post my comment, but I feel so strongly I am re-typing and trying again. Similac also recently had a recall which I only knew about because our rep told us about it. When I came home that night and googled it, I could hardly find anything about it. Mommies are by nature a fairly panicky bunch and usually anything in the media that might affect their little ones causes a flood of phone calls to our office. I received ONE phone call about the Similac recall and have received NO phone calls about the Good Start recall. Wendy, google infant formula recalls and you will be SHOCKED at how many there have been of ALL the brand. And our Good Start rep was in the office today. She of course did not mention anything about this. While I like our formula reps as people, their rhetoric drives me insane. They all spend a lot of time bashing the other brands and making their claims of why theirs is best. They are all brain-washed by their companies. Anyway, thank you for sharing this. I have printed it out and am taking it to work tomorrow to share.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

OMG. I had no idea.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Maria P. said...

Good grief you are so right, it is ridiculous no one is taking more notice. Thank you for letting us know.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I remember as a kid boycotting Nestle and not understanding. Formula being sold to 3rd world country's with bad water supplies. I cannot believe how often the most innocent and those enduring the greatest hardships are further ignored and endangered.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday on Mothers Day my wife decided that she would like to try Nestle Good Start because our daughter who is only 5 weeks old has been spitting up Similac Advance, the formula she has been taking since the hospital gave us that as a supplement to breast feeding. I didn't approve of the Good Start because I don't know too much about it. I told my wife that I trust Similac because it's been something that most hospitals use, and that most of my friends and family has entrusted Similac or Enfamil, and that research does prove that the quality is there. I found out today that she fed our daughter a bottle of this stuff and so I researched the NESTLE GOOD STARTand found out that the FDA sent them a warning letter in November of 2006...It's very important that we as parents take the precautions necessary to ensure that our kids have the best that this life has to offer. I am going to discuss this with my wife and hope that she can understand that when you are a parent, you must work together for the greater good of your kids, so that they have the best that life has to offer...Healthy Nutrition is something that if started at a young age, and if taught to the kids as they grow, it saves a lot of health issues as they go through life. I take this warning very serious from the FDA and hope that other parents spread the word, not to make it where Nestle will lose money, but that they own up to their responsibility of providing nutritious products to all of their loyal paying customers...

8:10 PM  

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