Label changes for foodstuffs for infants and young children mandated by new regulations

To Press Releases listDec 12, 2014

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  • Infant Feeding Association of South Africa’s members will be changing their labels on designated products in line with R991/2012 (Regulations for foodstuffs for infants and young children).

  • The products contents and formulations remain unchanged.

  • Old and new labels may both be seen on shelf (until December 2015) as the label changes are implemented

Label changes can be a cause for concern for consumers especially mothers. A label change can lead to miscommunication, misinformation and misunderstanding by the consumer. The Infant Feeding Association of South Africa, in conjunction with the Department of Health, seeks to minimise this impact this media statement.

Due to new labelling regulations for products for infants and young children, the labels of baby formula, baby foods, bottles, teats and cups will change over the next couple of months, thus you may find old and new labels simultaneously on shelf until December 2015.

The Infant Feeding Association of South Africa would like to reassure consumers that, its member’s products remain unchanged. It is a packaging change only.”

“New product labels for some of the products, are already available in retailers alongside the old labels”, stated Julia O’Grady, Chair of Infant Feeding Association of South Africa, when asked to comment on the forthcoming label changes. If a consumer is concerned we ask them to talk to their store managers, the manufacturer’s helplines or the Department of Health.

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