U.S. flag An official website of the United States government
  1. Home
  2. Food
  3. Resources for You (Food)
  4. Consumers
  5. People at Risk of Foodborne Illness
  6. Food Safety for Infants & Toddlers
  1. Consumers

Food Safety for Infants & Toddlers

These Infants & Toddlers web pages contain information about infant formula that may be helpful to industry, consumers, government agencies, and other interested parties. They include the following:

  • Information about FDA's regulation of commercial infant formulas
  • Commonly asked questions about infant formulas
  • Links to other relevant resources
  • How to report problems

Requirements for infant formula are found in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. All manufacturers of infant formula must begin with safe food ingredients, which are either generally recognized as safe (GRAS) or approved as food additives for use in infant formula.

Once an infant formula product is formulated, current laws require that the manufacturer must provide FDA assurance of the nutritional quality of that particular formulation before marketing the infant formula. FDA has provisions that include requirements for certain labeling, nutrient content, manufacturers quality control procedures (to assure the nutrient content of infant formulas), as well as company records and reports. FDA is also working to finalize a proposed rule for good manufacturing practice, quality control procedures, quality factors, notification requirements, and reports and records, for the production of infant formulas.

Information on Food Safety & Nutrition

Guidance

Related Content