What are the Risks of using Formula

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What are the Risks of using Formula
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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 1:43pm

I know we have talked the health risks to baby, to mom, the studies, the statistics - but today I thought we could talk about the every day risks of using formula.

Things like finding foreign objects inside your baby's formula, like rusty springs or bug parts. Manufacturing errors, not enough fat or other nutrients. Bacterial contamination. Boil orders or other problems with the water used to mix. Changes and "improvements" to the formula - are they safe for your baby? Tampering with the cans on store shelves. Improper preparation?

If you are hyper-viligent about preparation and safety - and know that your baby is always safe - does it matter that other formula-fed babies might not be safe?




~*~ Catherine, mom to three grown men - Jason, Michael & Joshua and Granma to Christopher & Leia.



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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 3:49pm
One thing that comes to mind, and we've discussed it here before, is the risk of dehydration from mixing too much powder in. How many people know that it's a level scoop, and NOT to tap the scoop before measuring? I always tap the scoop whether I'm making coffee, lemonade, adding OxiCLean to my laundry...

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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 6:49pm

I received two free cans of Similac formula yesterday - and then heard about their recall - bug parts being found in powdered formula. They have an allowable level of natural contaminants in all manufactured foods (bug parts, rat hairs, etc), so this must exceed that amount.

I don't know what the allowable amount is for formula - but for flour it is:
WHEAT FLOUR
* Insect filth: Average of 75 or more insect fragments per 50 grams
* Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 50 grams
http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/06/29/how_many_insect_parts_and_rodent_hairs_are_allowed_in_your_food.htm

How much would be in one scoop of formula? How many bug parts and rodent hairs is a formula-fed baby eating each day?

Ingesting insect material may cause stomach disorders, as well as allergic reactions.

Similac is saying: There is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.




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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 6:56pm
It reminds me of the melamine scandal in China a couple of years ago - and people said that would never happen here. I think we feel too safe - when it comes to manufactured foods.




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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 8:24pm

<<* Insect filth: Average of 75 or more insect fragments per 50 grams
* Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 50 grams>>>

Seriously?! That is absolutely disgusting. I will never look at flour the same way!

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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:43pm

I was just reading the FDA Food Defect Action Levels handbook and I had to stop or I would never eat again! These are accepted amounts - so I had to think how much bug parts/rat hairs was in the recalled formula!?

If you dare... LOL
http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/Sanitation/ucm056174.htm#CHPT1




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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:55pm

"The FDA set these action levels because it is economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects."

"The criteria considered is based on the reported findings (e.g., lengths of hairs, sizes of insect fragments, distribution of filth in the sample, and combinations of filth types found)."

http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/Sanitation/ucm056174.htm#CHPT1

This is something to be concerned about when your baby's only source of food is a manufactured food that will never be "totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects."

That even before any manufacturing defects, any nutritional defects, any tampering - the FDA is saying that it is not hazardous to your baby to eat a certain amount of bug parts, bug skin casts, bug excreta, machinery mold, mildew, fungus, rat hairs, rat urine and rat droppings along with their baby formula.




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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 11:04pm

Yes, I wonder how many parents follow the steps to proper formula preparation and how many even think it is important?

From Health Canada:
Clean:

* Before preparing the bottled formula for your child, you should wash your hands using soap and hot water, and clean and disinfect the preparation area. Make sure that all bottles, spoons, nipples, lids and other equipment are sterilized by placing the items into a pot of water and bringing it to a rolling boil for 2 minutes. If the items are not used immediately, you can remove the items from the pot and cover and store them in a clean place.

For premature and low birth weight infants under two months of age or immunocompromised infants:

Always follow recommendations from your doctor or your health care professional. If you don't breastfeed your child, it's safer to use a sterile liquid infant formula. However, if you are using powdered infant formula, follow these steps:

* To prepare powdered infant formula, bring the water to a rolling boil for 2 minutes. After cooling the water to 70oC (this takes about 30 minutes), add the powdered formula to the cooled water according to the instructions on the packaging. Make sure that the temperature of the water does not go below 70°C during the mixing period. Use a clean, digital food thermometer to make sure.
* The powdered infant formula should be used immediately after preparation after having been cooled to the right temperature. Cool the bottle to between room and body temperature by quickly placing the bottle under cold running water or into a container of cold or ice water. Check feeding temperature by shaking a few drops of the formula onto the inside of your wrist.
* Prepared powdered formula can be kept refrigerated for 24 hours. You should follow the re-heating instructions for prepared infant formula below.

Alternative for healthy, full-term infants:

* For healthy, full-term infants, you can use previously boiled water that has been cooled to room temperature to prepare powdered infant formula. It is best to feed your child immediately. However, the prepared formula can be kept in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Please see section below on prepared infant formula for tips on re-heating.

Prepared infant formula:

* When you are ready to use the prepared formula, re-heat the formula to between room and body temperature by placing the bottle in a bottle warmer or hot water. Check feeding temperature by shaking a few drops of the formula onto the inside of your wrist. If you re-heat prepared infant formula, you should feed your child immediately. All leftovers should be thrown out. Do not refrigerate and reuse re-heated formula again.
* In all cases, once you've started feeding your child, the bottle should be used within 2 hours. All leftovers should be thrown out.
Source: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2010/2010_20-eng.php

Preparation Checklist for Standard Powdered Iron-fortified Infant Formula - US Gov't:
http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/WIC_Learning_Online/support/job_aids/formula.pdf




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Fri, 09-24-2010 - 12:47pm

Oh my gosh, Catherine! This is really gross. :S

How much did you read before you had to stop?

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Fri, 09-24-2010 - 12:59pm

I mostly skim articles anyhow, but I stopped when I got to what was actually in our food - I went into hyper-skim (LOL) to get to the bottom of the article.

However this is not new info to me - I have read about this many times over the years, I think it was the Supermarket Handbook that first opened my eyes to the scale of contaminants in manufactured foods.

Although as a teen, I worked in a factory packing as my first job and I saw this first hand. I was always telling people not to buy the products we packaged. When we would spill candies out of the machine, the boss would make us sweep them up off the floor and put them back in the machine.

We had also packaged pool chemicals that also spilled on the floor, grass seed that attracted rats (so we put down rat poison) and of course the dirt of our shoes on the floor that was never washed. I had hoped at 18y that was just our negligent boss, but from what I have read since - it is not.

And I wonder why I have so many food issues! LOL




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Mon, 09-27-2010 - 7:05am
Contaminants (I don't mean bug parts, I mean regular contaminants that are constants). One newer thing to me was an issue with boiling water. You increase the contaminant levels when boiling water apparently, especially if boiled longer than 5 minutes they say it should not be given to babies. I guess this answers the question now to me as to why people buy special water for babies. The only bummer is that until recently that was sold in plastics containing BPA & getting leaching from that as well. I honestly don't think ONE contaminant source would be so bad, but it is the multi issues that come from every stage of it - what happens in process, how certain things are derived (DHA & ARA being derived via Hexane) - msg's being added for flavor, etc & then you get to the contaminants in water OR the contaminants that are in clean bottled water from the bottles it comes in, the contaminants in the lining of cans & then in the bottles & nipples themselves. GAH!