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Nestle issues fresh statement after baby food concerns: ‘Reduced added sugars by 30% in last 5 years’

Nestle India issued a statement after reports indicated earlier today of high added sugar content in its infant food products

Nestle India sells packaged foods and beverages under brands such as Maggi, Milkmaid, Kit-Kat etc.Premium
Nestle India sells packaged foods and beverages under brands such as Maggi, Milkmaid, Kit-Kat etc.

Nestle India has said that it has reduced added sugar content by upto 30 per cent over the last five years depending upon variants, after reports highlighted concerns in its baby food products earlier today. 

The FMCG major clarified that its products manufactured in India are in “full compliance" with international standards as well as local specifications with regard to the requirements of all nutrients including added sugars.

Also Read: Nestle baby food concerns: Shares drop 5% as Centre vows investigation into sugar addition in infant food: Report

‘’We would like to assure you that our Infant Cereal products, are manufactured to ensure the appropriate delivery of nutritional requirements such as Protein, Carbohydrates, Vitamins, Minerals, Iron etc. for early childhood,'' said Nestle. The clarification comes after a latest study revealed that Nestle adds sugar to infant milk sold in poorer countries but not in its main markets of UK, Europe.

‘’We never compromise and will never compromise on the nutritional quality of our products. We constantly leverage our extensive Global Research and Development network to enhance the nutritional profile of our products,'' it added. 

Also Read: Nestle baby food concerns: Shares drop 5% as Centre vows investigation into sugar addition in infant food: Report

The study was conducted by Public Eye, a Swiss investigative organisation, and IBFAN (International Baby Food Action Network). The revelation was made when samples of the company’s baby food products sold in Asia, Africa and Latin America were sent to a Belgian laboratory for testing. 

Public Eye's analysis revealed that all Cerelac baby cereal products examined in India contained added sugar, averaging nearly three grams per serving. Responding to the report, Nestle India further said that compliance is an essential characteristic and that it will never compromise on that.

‘’We also ensure that our products manufactured in India are in full and strict compliance with CODEX standards (a commission established by WHO and FAO) and local specifications (as required) pertaining to the requirements all nutrients including added sugars,'' said Nestle India.

Also Read: Nestlé Controversies: From sugar in baby food to Maggi ban, we look at top 8 concerns in India and abroad

The FMCG company adds that reduction of added sugars is a priority for Nestlé India. ‘’Over the past five years, we have already reduced added sugars by up to 30 per cent, depending on the variant. We regularly review our portfolio and continue to innovate and reformulate our products to further reduce the level of added sugars, without compromising on nutrition, quality, safety, and taste.''

In particular, two of Nestlé's best-selling baby-food brands in developing nations contained high levels of added sugar, contrasting with sugar-free products in Switzerland.  In CY22, Nestlé India's milk products and nutrition portfolio, including dairy whitener, condensed milk, maternal and infant formula, baby foods, reported sales of 6,815.73 crore.

 

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Published: 18 Apr 2024, 02:42 PM IST
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