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Glossary
Infants:
children under the age of 12 months
Young children:
children aged between one and three years
Infant formulae:
foodstuffs used by infants during the first months of life and satisfying by themselves the nutritional requirements of such infants until the introduction of appropriate complementary feeding
Follow-on formulae:
foodstuffs used by infants when appropriate complementary feeding is introduced and constituting the principal liquid element in a progressively diversified diet of such infants
Processed cereal baby-food and baby foods:
are intended for use by infants when they are weaned and by young children as a supplement to their diet and/or for their progressive adaptation to ordinary food.

To ensure appropriate nutritional composition and safety of foods specifically manufactured for infants and young children, the Commission has defined specific rules for such foodstuffs. The rules concern infant and follow-on formulae, processed-cereal based foods and baby foods and additives in foods for infants and young children.

Browse the right-hand menu Topics concerning foods for infants and young children.


Scientific advice

Scientific Opinion on the appropriate age for introduction of complementary feeding of infants (Published 21 December 2009 Adopted 2 December 2009)

Scientific Opinion on the safety, bioavailability and suitability of lutein for the particular nutritional use by infants and young children (Published 14 November 2008 Adopted 2 October 2008)

Scientific Opinion on the use of L-cysteine in foods intended for infants and young children (Published 3 November 2006 Adopted 26 September 2006)

What will the new Regulation 609/2013 (FSG) on Food for Specific Groups do for food intended for infants and young children from 20 July 2016?

  • Set general compositional and labelling rules for infant and follow-on formulae, processed cereal-based foods and other baby foods;
  • Require the Commission to adopt through delegated acts specific compositional and labelling rules for infant and follow-on formulae, processed cereal-based foods and other baby foods;
  • Require the Commission to prepare a report on milk-based drinks (so called, growing-up milks) and similar products intended for young children in order to analyse the necessity to establish special compositional and labelling rules for this kind of products.

 
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