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Composition of food marketed for children

Although there are some regulations determining the composition and ingredients permissible in foods marketed to infants and young children, these do not in themselves ensure that food is health promoting or appropriate. We have looked at baby food marketed in the UK and highlight some of the key issues that health professionals may find useful when providing advice and support to families with infants and young children.


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Baby foods in the UK

A review of commercially produced jars and pouches of baby foods marketed in the UK

This report looks at commercially produced baby foods marketed for infants under 12 months of age in the UK by the four largest manufacturers. It considers how well these support our guidance on introduction of solids and looks at composition, cost, texture and ingredients. We also compare some homemade versions of baby food with commercially bought ones and provide answers to some FAQ that health professionals may be asked about these products.