Food Safety and Zoonoses

FAO/WHO joint meeting on follow-up formula

14-18 July 2008

At the 39th session (November 2007) of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene Committee (CCFH) the Committee finalized the proposed draft Code of Hygienic Practice for Powdered Formulae for Infants and Young Children and agreed to forward it for final adoption by the Codex Commission. This includes Annexes I (Microbiological criteria for powdered infant formula, formula for special medical purposes and human milk fortifiers) and III (Guidance for the establishment of monitoring programs for Salmonella, Enterobacter sakazakii and other Enterobacteriaceae in high hygiene processing areas and in powdered formula preparation units).

In doing so the Committee also agreed to return Annex II, which specifically addresses microbiological criteria for follow-up formula, for further revision. To support this work it was agreed to submit a request to FAO and WHO for scientific advice to facilitate the decision on whether or not to establish a microbiological criterion for E. sakazakii for follow-up formulae intended for infants up to 12 months of age.

In response to this request from CCFH, FAO and WHO have convened an Expert Meeting in July 2008. The report of the meeting is available through the link below:

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