|First Steps Nutrition Trust is now 2 years old and we are pleased that we are recognised as an independent and expert source of information and resources in the field of early years' nutrition and have over 1000 newsletter followers (and over 800 twitter followers). We are a very small charity without full-time staff or offices and we rely on project grants and donations for all our work. We have many projects in the pipeline and apologise some of these are being produced more slowly than we planned. We do however want all our resources to be accurate, up to date and evidence based and it takes time to produce good quality information that will stand the test of time.
First Steps Nutrition Trust has three main areas of work: eating well in pregnancy, infant feeding, and eating well birth to five years. In addition we also run the Action on Additives campaign (www.actiononadditives.org) and you can find out more about this below, and by following the links on the website.
Below we report on our latest projects and highlight plans for the following 6 months.
|The report and parent's guide, showing which medicines contain additives that were shown to be linked to hyperactivity in the general population can be accessed via the links below, or at www.actiononadditives.org. We will be monitoring the industry response and there are details on the website about how people can support this campaign.|
|Click on the cover to download the report|
|Making the most of Healthy Start: A practical guide: December 2013
This new report will be available as a free pdf download in December and provides practical guidance for health professionals to use when supporting families in receipt of Healthy Start food vouchers.
The report will contain a range of simple, tested, cost effective recipes for the whole family, showing appropriate portion sizes for different age groups. As with all the work we produce the information is open access and can be used by anyone supporting good public health in a non-profit making capacity.
|We will send out an email alert when the report is available.|
|We will also have a limited number of hard copies that will be available to buy at cost price plus admin. To order copies go to the website www.fbs.me.uk or follow the direct link here.
If you have any queries please contact Pauline.Styles@fbs.me.uk
|Eating well for a healthy pregnancy: A practical guide
This guide will be available by the end of the year as a free pdf download and will provide general advice for health professionals to support all pregnant women about food, nutrition and pregnancy. It includes recipes and meal ideas and will hopefully support other local public health guidance.
An alert will be sent out to newsletter subscribers when new resources are available.
|A portion size guide for 1-4 year olds
This downloadable pictorial guide will provide a summary of typical portions of a wide range of foods suitable for children aged 1-4 years and will be available by the end of the year.
Infant milk newsWe have recently put a statement on the website about partially hydrolysed whey based infant formula.
This is in response to the imminent launch by Nestlé of SMA HA in the UK, and we are concerned that this product could be used inappropriately by parents who think it is suitable for children with diagnosed allergies. The evidence being used by Nestlé to support their claims on allergy prevention for this formula are not in line with current UK policy, and it is important that health professionals are aware that information sent out by formula companies to health professionals is not always up to date and accurate.
We are working with other Government and regulatory agencies to try and ensure that this new product will be appropriately labelled to protect the health of vulnerable infants.
Goats' Milk Based Formula
The four UK Government Health Departments are currently seeking comment on the Draft Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Regulations (2014), which will make changes to the current regulations to authorize for the first time the use of goats' milk protein in the manufacture of infant formula and follow-on formula and some changes to the protein levels of follow-on formula made with protein hydrolysates.
This follows a Directive from the EU following safety reviews of these changes by the European Food Safety Agency, and all member states must implement these changes by the beginning of March 2014.
We will be sending comments to the four consultations to make clear that any goats' milk protein based formula available must be very clearly labelled that the products are not hypoallergenic (i.e. are not suitable for children with cows' milk protein allergy) as there is some concern that there is a popular (but untrue) belief in the population that goats' milk protein is suitable for children who cannot tolerate cows' milk protein. You can find details of all the consultations on line at the appropriate Government Department.
Comments to the consultation should be sent by December 6th 2013 to:
There will be an updated Infant Milks in the UK report in January 2014. This will include information on changes in products available, new information on some contaminants such as aluminium, and will review of some of the latest claims being made.
International News on Formula and Follow on Formula Regulations
In July 2013 we had a very clear statement from WHO about follow on formula www.who.int/nutrition/topics.pdf
In this they clearly state:
The CODEX Alimentarus Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (which includes foods for infants and children) was recently held in Germany to discuss the current review of the CODEX standard for follow up formula. Helen Crawley attended this meeting from First Steps Nutrition Trust as part of the small group of non-commercially focused NGO observers present. We will be working with the e-working group over the next year to support many of those member state delegations in the developing world and emerging economies who do not want standards for a product that can damage local food and nutrition policy.
First Steps Nutrition Trust has provided useful information to this committee and to The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) for their recent statement on ‘growing up milks’ through our worldwide review of fortified milks for children over 1 year of age.
The EFSA statement can be found here: www.efsa.europa.eu.htm and concludes that:
|We will also have a limited number of hard copies that will be available to buy at cost price plus postage and packing.
To order copies go to the website www.fbs.me.uk or follow the direct link here.
If you have any queries please contact Pauline.Styles@fbs.me.uk
|We are currently working on an update to this report which will include information on micronutrients in growing up milks, showing that these offer a poorer nutritional contribution of many important nutrients compared to whole animal milk.|
|We hope that professional organisations will reflect when endorsing training schemes or taking funding for training from formula milk companies, as this undermines the credibility of their members.
We also hope that other charities, NGO, professional groups and policy making groups will consider conflicts of interest carefully when they employ experts who also take funding from formula milk companies.
About usFirst Steps Nutrition Trust offers information and resources to support good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years.
|Until now there has been a lack of clear and independent resources to support people who wanted to know more about eating well before and during pregnancy, eating well for infants and young children, and food composition and food quality. The information out there is often complicated, can be hard to find as it requires trawling different websites, and is frequently influenced by food and drink companies.
First Steps Nutrition Trust takes no industry funding. We are funded through charitable trusts and donations. We aim to provide a one-stop shop for useful and accurate evidence-based information on good nutrition from pre-conception to five years.