FDA warns Nestle infant formula fails nutrition standards

FDA WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Nestle S.A. (NSRGY) that a sample of its Good Start infant formula failed to meet minimum nutrition standards for calcium and phosphorus.
The Nov. 27 warning letter was posted Tuesday on the FDA's Web site.
The letter stemmed from a May inspection of a Nestle facility located in Eau Claire, Wis.
The FDA said on May 26, 2006, it collected a sample of Nestle brand Good Start Infant Formula with Iron, 13 fluid ounces, and tested it. The agency said the formula fell just short of the required FDA standards for calcium and phosphorus and also was less than the amount stated on the formula's label.
The agency said the required calcium level is 60 milligrams per 100 kilocalories and that the Good Start label stated it had 64 milligrams of calcium. One test showed the calcium content was 58.2 milligrams and a follow-up test showed it had 58.6 milligrams.
For phosphorus, the minimum nutrition requirement is 30 milligrams per 100 kilocalories. The Good Start label stated it had 36 milligrams of phosphorus. One test showed the phosphorus content was 28.9 milligrams and a follow-up test showed it was 29.4 milligrams.
The FDA said Nestle was in violation of federal regulations and was required to respond to the FDA detailing steps it has taken or will take to correct the problem.
A message left with a spokeswoman for Nestle's U.S. unit in Glendale, Calif., wasn't immediately returned.
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