Revised Mix of Fats: Fewer 3-MCPD Esters in Holle

Jan 1, 2016

Below is an important message from Holle regarding 3-MCPD in their milk formulas:

Across our entire range of milk formula and milk cereal, we now use a blend of fats containing fewer 3-MCPD esters. Esters can be found in all refined oils and fats, but only in recent years was evidence of them found in milk products. These esters form when the oil used in the baby food is refined; refining oil is unavoidable in order to make it palatable. The process also increases the shelf life of the oil. In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified 3-MCPD esters as a possible carcinoma. However, no studies have yet been completed to verify a damaging effect on humans. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recommends that babies be fed with baby milk formula in cases where the mother is unable to produce sufficient milk. However, the institute emphasises that “alternative techniques for the manufacture of refined oils and fats must be developed” – partly in order to protect babies who are not breastfed from consuming 3-MPCD fatty acid esters in too-large quantities. As soon as we realised that oils and fats contained 3-MPCD esters, we contacted our oil suppliers in order to optimise the oil-refining process and minimise the ester content. In future, we will only use such reduced ester oils in our baby milk formula. In this manner, we ensure that the quality and safety of our products not only complies with current food laws, but also goes that extra mile