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OK someone help me out here - how do I explain why baby food companies get away with advertising food from 4 months?

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AnarchyAunt Tue 30-Sep-08 12:35:30

"Surely if it was dangerous they wouldn't be allowed to"

Well, yes, you'd think...

So why do they get away with it? What law lets them? What does the ASA etc say?

cmotdibbler Tue 30-Sep-08 12:54:06

Theres no law that covers childrens food and suitability - the only thing that is regulated is infant formula.

For instance, we all agree that salt is dangerous for babies, yes ? But the salt package doesn't have to be labelled.

AnarchyAunt Tue 30-Sep-08 12:57:27

Hmm. But salt in a jar is not sold as baby food - its not marketed as suitable for a baby under six months.

I'm sure there are laws specific to baby food, ie it can't contain added salt.

cmotdibbler Tue 30-Sep-08 13:13:04

There is a law about it (having just checked blush) - they cannot be marketed as suitable for under 4 months, and that is all that is stated. Prob as below 4 months definate harm is known to occur, and then its a bit fuzzy between 4 and 6 months.

Pheebe Tue 30-Sep-08 16:26:29

Its only fairly recently that the advice changed from 4 to 6 months. DS1 is 4 years and when I was weaning him the advice was 17 weeks. Probably takes longer than that for advice to filter through to food legislation

cmotdibbler Tue 30-Sep-08 19:22:24

They can change legislation in 6 months or less if they feel like it (have been on the end of that in my field), and require you to recall all your stock and relabel if deemed necessary. However, since big businesses are involved, they seem to manage to resist the change, just like the infant formula legislation for which they have forced a judicial review

The DoH have recommended 6 months since 2005, and before that the advice was between 4 and 6 months, not 4 months.

weebump Fri 03-Oct-08 00:48:00

It could be that other English language territories (like here in Ireland) advise 4-6 months as weaning age for formula fed babies. They advise 6 months for breast-fed babies only, and I've no idea why it's different. I've notice more new labels going for "stage 1, stage 2' etc rather than just ages.

stretchmarkqueen Fri 03-Oct-08 09:28:06

It wasn't fairly recently it changed from 4-6 months, it was 2003 or 2004, so over 4 years ago, and it changed from 4-6 months, to just 6 months.

stretchmarkqueen Fri 03-Oct-08 09:30:15

Sorry cmot, only just saw you put that!! smile Was it 2005? Thought it was 2004. Can't remember though. grin

stretchmarkqueen Fri 03-Oct-08 09:33:48

"Over the years the guidelines as to when to start weaning have changed dramatically. Your parents might tell you how they gave you rusk in your milk when you were only 8 weeks old. And if you have older children you may remember that mums were advised in the last decade to start weaning when their babies were 4 months old.

In 2003 the Department of Health issued guidelines (based on recommendations by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF) that weaning should start at 6 months.

It is now thought that babies under 6 months have kidneys and guts that are not mature enough to cope with a more diverse diet and that early weaning can increase the risk of infections and the development of allergies like eczema and asthma."

And that's from netmums!!!!!!!lol gringrin

Never thought I'd quote them!!

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