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Foods for Infants & Young Children - Introduction

Foodstuffs intended to satisfy particular nutritional requirements of specific groups of the population are called "foods for particular nutritional uses", "dietetic foods" or "dietary foods". Where appropriate rules for the composition, marketing and labelling of specific groups of dietetic foods have been adopted by the European Union.

To ensure appropriate nutritional composition and safety of foods specifically manufactured for infants (children under the age of 12 months) and young children (between 1 and 3 years), the Commission has defined specific rules for such foodstuffs. The rules concern infant and follow-on formulae, processed-cereal based foods and baby foods and additives in foods for infants and young children.

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