based foods and other baby foods
(weaning foods) are
specifically intended for infants (children under the age of 12 months) and young
children (between one and three years) as they progress onto a mixed family
Processed cereal-based foods and baby foods for infants and young children are covered by
Commission Directive 2006/125/EC.
It sets out rules on the composition and labelling of processed-cereal based foods and other baby foods. It also gives criteria for the composition (protein, carbohydrate, fat, mineral substances and vitamins) of weaning foods including, where necessary, minimum and maximum levels.
The Directive encompasses the specific rules on the presence of pesticides residues in processed cereal-based baby foods
and baby foods set out in Commission Directive 99/39/EC
and requires that baby food contains no detectable levels of pesticide residues,
meaning not more than 0.01 milligrams of pesticide residues per kilogramme. In addition, the Directive
prohibits the use of certain very toxic pesticides in the production of processed cereal-based baby foods and baby foods and establishes
levels lower than the general maximum level of 0,01 milligrams per kilogramme for a few other very toxic pesticides.
In addition to the requirements relating to processed-cereal based foods and other baby foods in Directive 2006/125/EC there are
also specific provisions on hygiene, on the use of food additives, on the presence of contaminants in the products and on the use of materials intended to
come into contact with foodstuffs.
Further information on the legislation in these areas is available on the specific
webpages: hygiene, food additives, contaminants and food contact materials.
What will the new Regulation 609/2013 on Food for Specific Groups (FSG) do for processed cereal-based foods and other baby foods from 20 July 2016?
Set general compositional and labelling rules;
Require the Commission to adopt through delegated act specific compositional and labelling rules for processed cereal-based foods and baby foods, which will replace Directive 2006/125/EC;
- The Regulation foresees that a report should be prepared by the Commission on milk-based drinks (so called, growing-up milks) and similar products intended for young children which are currently not covered by Directive 2006/125/EC , in order to analyse the necessity to establish special compositional and labelling rules for this kind of products.
- Composition of processed cereal-based foods and baby foods
Additional scientific advice
- Pesticide residues in foods for infants and young children