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According the The Hill, starting in June of 2016, baby formula labels will be required to list the mineral selenium under required nutrients.
U.S. manufacturers have been adding selenium to infant formula 1989, after the Institute of Medicine recognized it to be an essential nutrient for infants. All formulas on the U.S. market now contain selenium.
“But in its final rulemaking, which will be published in the Federal Register later this week, the FDA said evidence exists for both deficiency and toxicity of selenium.
‘Because infant formula often serves as a sole source of nutrition for infants, selenium in infant formula is needed to ensure that formula-fed infants are getting this essential nutrient at appropriate levels,” the agency said in a news release.’”
Although toxic at high levels, selenium helps the body defend against oxidative stress and helps in the regulation of thyroid hormones.
“Under the rule, 2.0 micrograms of selenium per 100 kilocalories is the minimum level, and 7.0 micrograms per 100 kilocalories is the maximum level of selenium in infant formula.”
It’s important parents stay up to date and that the FDA and other agencies constantly stay vigilant improving the safety and health benefit of our kids food.