Infant Formula Advisory

Please conduct onsite visits targeting only those markets where this product may likely be sold.  If any of this product is found, immediately notify this office for further guidance.  Please email the name, address, and phone number and whether or not the product was found for each facility into Angela Blackwell as we must report this information to FDA weekly over the next 2-3 weeks.  Please try and have the first round of info to Angela by Thursday morning on 9-18-08. Thank you for your cooperation as we work with FDA on this potential public health emergency.  Please find attached a translation document that can assist you in the field if needed.


Media Inquiries:  Judy Leon, 301-827-3314 or 301-696-8921

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FDA Issues Health Information Advisory on Infant Formula

In response to reports of contaminated milk-based infant formula manufactured in China, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today is issuing a Health Information Advisory. This is to assure the American public that there is no known threat of contamination in infant formula manufactured by companies that have met the requirements to sell infant formula in the United States. Although no Chinese manufacturers of infant formula have fulfilled the requirements to sell infant formula in the United States, FDA officials are investigating whether or not infant formula manufactured in China is being sold in specialty markets which serve the Asian community.

The FDA is advising caregivers not to feed infant formula manufactured in China to infants. This should be replaced with an appropriate infant formula manufactured in the United States as mentioned below. Individuals should contact their health care professional if they have questions regarding their infant’s health or if they note changes in their infant’s health status.

The FDA began investigating the reports of contamination immediately and received information from the companies who manufacture infant formula for the American market that they are not importing infant formula or source materials from China. The following manufacturers have met the necessary FDA requirements for marketing milk-based infant formulas in the United States: Abbott Nutritionals, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Nestle USA, PBM Nutritionals, and Solus Products LLC. Also, one manufacturer, SHS/Nutricia, Liverpool, England, markets an amino acid based exempt infant formula that does not contain any milk-derived ingredients.

We are asking state officials to work with the Agency to assist with the removal of any Chinese infant formula found on store shelves, and to warn members of the Asian community to avoid using Chinese manufactured infant formula.

It has been reported that a number of infants in China who have consumed Chinese manufactured infant formula are suffering from kidney stones, a condition which is rare in infants.  The Chinese manufactured infant formula may be contaminated with melamine. Melamine artificially increases the protein profile of milk and can causes kidney diseases such as those seen in these Chinese infants.

FDA requires that all infant formula manufacturers register with the Agency and adhere to specific labeling and nutritional requirements.  All properly registered infant formula manufacturers marketing infant formula in the United States undergo an annual inspection of their production facilities.




S- simplified Chinese, t- traditional Chinese


Milk             牛奶

Non-fat        非脂肪  (s)                         

Low-fat        低脂肪

Cream         奶油


Whey          乳清

Lactose       乳糖

Whole milk  全脂牛奶

Casein        酪蛋白       

Protein        蛋白质        (s)

                   蛋白質        (t)



Protein concentrate        浓缩蛋白     (s)

                                     濃縮蛋白     (t)

Evaporated milk       淡炼乳        (s)

                               淡煉乳        (t)

Condensed milk       浓缩牛奶     (s)

                               濃縮牛奶     (t)


Infant           婴儿 (s)

嬰兒 (t)


Baby           婴孩 (s)

嬰孩 (t)


Baby Formula    婴儿奶粉



Baby Food         婴儿食品 (s)

                         嬰兒食品 (t)

Formula Products    奶粉产品 (s)

                               奶粉產品 (t)

Infant Formula Raw Material

                   婴儿奶粉原料 (s)

嬰兒奶粉原料 (t)

Evaporated        蒸发, 炼乳

                     (t) 蒸發

Dried                 (s) 烘干

                         (t) 烘乾

Dried Milk              奶粉

Milk Protein Concentrate     牛奶浓缩蛋白(s)

                                         牛奶濃縮蛋白      (t)


Whey Protein                乳清蛋白    

Whey Products              (s) 乳清产品

                                     (t) 乳清產品

Low Fat Milk Products   (s) 低脂牛奶产品

                                     (t) 低脂牛奶產品