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Singapore Food Agency proposes updated guidelines on infant nutrition

Such amendments may result in heightened compliance demands and additional costs for businesses.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) proposed to update the current set of guidelines for food regulations, particularly for infant nutrition additives.

The proposed amendments include age-appropriate food selection, food service practices, nutrition care policy, menu-planning, and food preparation and portioning for infants.

This will help parents ensure that their children are receiving a balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs at different stages of development. 

However, according to Global Data, the amendments are expected to result in heightened compliance demands for businesses.

Compliance may also entail additional costs to businesses to develop new products that meet that new regulatory requirements, as well as additional researching and adopting new ingredients, formulations, and technologies to enhance product safety, effectiveness, and nutrition.

“However, these amendments, if implemented, are likely to benefit both consumers and manufacturers in the long term, as the emphasis on quality assurance measures means that consumers can expect better quality products and manufacturers will have a wider market,” Mohini Gupta, Consumer Analyst at Global Data said.

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