Infant food products have always been a debt in the various regions. The concern over the use of harmful nanoparticles in the formula products is genuine as the babies are vulnerable to infection or diseases easily due to their weak immunity. Infants have to be taken care ofuntil a certain age as their immunity is just building so is their body.
Recently, the Friends of the Earth (FoE) conducted a study on about six infant formula products and found out that there is a presence of nano-particles in these products. The nano-particles presence is risky in usual cases but due to lack of evidence,others claim it to be invalid. The debt on the topic is still on.
According to the FoE, they found traces of needle-shaped nano-particles such as nano-hydroxyapatite and non-needle-shaped nano-particle named nano-titanium dioxide and nano-silicon dioxide in some of the popular baby products. Due to the detrimental effects of the needle-like form of the nano-particles, the European Commission’s “Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety” has already put forth a ban on the use of nano-particles in the mouthwashes and toothpastes. Then “why is there a delay in taking the baby food products into concern?” as the babies are highly vulnerable to the food risks and harmful products.
The lead researcher and author, Ian Illuminato, of FoE has already provided a detailed data regarding the health effects of nano-particles in the report named “Nano-particles in Baby Formula: Tiny new ingredients are a big concern.” As per another group of environmental researchers in FoE, the effects of nano-particles on the rats’ kidneys and livers have been horrendous. However, in contrary, according to the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ), the study could not point out the nano-particles’ effect on the infant’s health.
Earlier studies have proved that the nanoparticles are formed in the guts due to the microsomal actions as well as certain commercially produced nanoparticulate metals are required during the process or for digestion purpose. Therefore, the particle presence proving to be a threat is skeptical. For instance, the use of small quantities of nano-hydroxyapatite or calcium phosphate crystals in the dried infant milk powder is not harmful at all. The use of nanoparticles in the diet of adults and infants is not surprising as there is no such evidence regarding its adverse effects.
The needle-like form of the nano-particles is still a matter of concern as there is no much evidence regarding the product and also apprehension of the penetration through the cell walls and other body parts is high. The most important is that the component hasn’t been labeled or regulated by the U.S. Food and drug Administration (FDA). Thus, the FDA’s leniency in the infants’ health and safety is mystifying. Use of only safe nano-particles in the food products is a necessity not only for the infants but also for the adults.