Japanese infant formula found to have low biotin content
|Source of Information||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
Powdered infant formula
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Meiji (for 0 - 9 months)
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
Test results showed that the biotin content of the above Meiji infant formula sample (for 0 - 9 months) was below the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) requirement.
Overt dietary biotin deficiency is rare and it has not occurred in breastfed infants. But if infants between zero and six months old solely rely on the product for intake of biotin, adverse health effects cannot be ruled out. Biotin-deficient infants may show symptoms like hair loss, skin rash, hypotonia and lethargy.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
The CFS has notified the trade of the test result.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop selling the affected product.
|Advice to Consumers||
Those who have purchased the concerned product should stop feeding their infants with it and switch to other infant formulae or consider breastfeeding.
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department