oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Acidification of infant formula feeds : editorial

Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1607-0658
  • E-ISSN: 2221-1268



The article by Joosten and Lardeau in this issue of (p. 87) looks at the microbiological safety of acidified infant formula feeds as tested in vitro. The authors rightly point to diarrhoea as being one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among infants in developing countries, especially those under the age of 5 years. Such diarrhoea is often associated with poor hygienic conditions and subsequent contamination of made-up infant feeds with potential enterobacterial pathogens. It is known that breastfeeding reduces exposure to these potential pathogens as well as supplying the infant with appropriate nutrients and protective antibodies, so decreasing the incidence of diarrhoea.

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