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Reformulation targets for commercially available complementary food: consultation outcome

Wednesday, 27 March 2024

A report by the Food Reformulation Taskforce about the outcome of its consultation on commercially available complementary foods. The purpose of this report is to summarise the stakeholder feedback collected as part of the consultation on proposed reformulation targets for CACF sold on the Irish market.

Some CACF sold on the Irish market are high in sugar and salt. A Roadmap for Food Product Reformulation in Ireland states, “2025 targets will be developed for this category, based on the FSAI’s work in 2012 and repeated in 2018 addressing the nutritional composition and quality of products in this category. Infant milk formula is not included in the Roadmap”. It outlines that the FRT will build on work completed by the FSAI on assessing the nutritional composition and appropriateness of CACF sold on the Irish market since 2012. Improvement of the nutritional quality of CACF is a priority given the vulnerability of the target population and the potential for long-term adverse health effects due to establishing taste preferences for sugar and salt, including an increased risk of obesity and chronic disease in later life.

An image showing puree in a bowl, a blender with a liquified food being poured out of it and a bowl of mash.