Enfamil Formula: Newborn

Consumer Health Advocacy: Product Analysis

Mead Johnson is a major manufacturer of infant formula both domestically and globally with its flagship product being Enfamil. The company had global sales of $2.83 billion in 2009 with two-thirds of its revenue coming from outside the United States where declining birth rates have led to a reduced market share.   The company was gaining a presence in such emerging markets in the People's Republic of China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam and was starting to develop a presence in India. Enfamil, the company's flagship brand commanded 11.7% of the $22.3 billion market for infant formula worldwide in 2008.[1]  [Source: Wikipedia]

Infant Formula, while being a necessary replacement when breast milk is not available, has been associated with a wide range of adverse health outcomes in infants. We have cataloged  over 41 studies on the potential dangers of infant formula feeding in infants here http://www.greenmedinfo.com/category/toxic-ingredients/infant-formula.

Why is infant formula associated with increased morbidity and mortality? We believe that many of the ingredients in these products are not always biologically appropriate, and due to the fact that many are byproducts of the mining and chemical industries, may act as endocrine disruptors or metabolic poisons. For example, vitamin A acetate is produced through "total chemical synthesis" through a petrochemically dependent process. It has been linked to birth defects, and so may be very different from the type of vitamin A (e.g. retinol) found in natural carotenoids like beta-carotene (technically two linked retinol molecules).

Below you will see the ingredients linked to our Problem Substances and Natural Substances database. We hope this information encourages reform in the infant formula industry and that more suitable ingredients are used to reduce the known risks associated with the ue of infant formula as presently formulated.

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IngredientsToxicity LevelCumulative KnowledgeAbstract Count
Nonfat Milkpossibly47560
Lactosenot determined
Vegetable Oilnot determined
Palm Oleinnot determined
Coconut Oilnone34185
Soy Oilnot determined
High Oleic Sunflower Oilnot determined
Whey Protein Concentratenone540111
Galactooligosaccharidesnot determined
Polydextrosenot determined
Less than 1%: Mortierella Alpina Oilnot determined
Crypthecodinium Cohnii Oilpossibly21
Soy Lecithinnone299
Vitamin A Palmitatepossibly63
Vitamin D3none88971260
Vitamin E Acetateprobably9115
Vitamin K1none836136
Thiamin Hydrochloridenone33558
Vitamin B6 Hydrochloridenone786108
Vitamin B12none1269177
Folic Acidnone1047168
Calcium Pantothenatenone12322
Ascorbic Acidnone46871149
Calcium Carbonatepossibly19821
Calcium Phosphatepossibly60
Magnesium Oxidenone2442317
Ferrous Sulfatedefinitely220
Zinc Sulfatedefinitely50
Manganese Sulfatedefinitely21
Cupric Sulfatedefinitely540
Potassium Iodidenone16028
Sodium Selenitedefinitely2316
Potassium Citratepossibly10
Choline Chloridepossibly00
Potassium Chlorideprobably707
Sodium Chloridepossibly143
Nucleotidesnot determined
Cytidine 5'-Monophosphatenot determined
Disodium Urdine 5'-Monophosphatenot determined
Adenosine 5'-Monophosphatepossibly20
Disodium Guanosine 5'-Monophosphatepossibly42

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