DHA/ARA to be removed in organic formula - but what about babies now?

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DHA/ARA to be removed in organic formula - but what about babies now?
Wed, 02-01-2012 - 4:56pm

"The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has recommended that an additive, hexane-extracted DHA/ARA not be allowed for use in organic infant formula."

Many are considering this a victory for the organic community

"There have been concerns about DHA/ARA, chemically extracted versions of the essential fatty acids that occur naturally in breast milk. These are added to infant formula because they are thought to promote healthy eye and brain development The manufactured versions are processed using hexane, a petroleum refining by-product which is a neurotoxin when inhaled, a concern primarily for workers who make DHA/ARA."

But what about the babies who have been on organic formula, or are currently using this?

"Consumers should not expect to see a change in organic infant formula on shelves anytime soon, cautioned Soo Kim of the United States Department of Agriculture. “This was a recommendation, not a rule,” said Kim. “It takes a little bit of time. Once a rule is passed, we’re required to give business time to respond.”

So DHA/ARA should not be in organic formula, but it's OK for babies to continue drinking it until the formula companies get around to making the change? And how will the companies respond?