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 Milkpossibly45356
Lactosenot determined
Vegetable Oilnot determined
Palm Oleinnot determined
Coconut Oilnone19846
Soy Oilnot determined
High Oleic Sunflower Oilnot determined
Whey Protein Concentratenone34875
Galactooligosaccharidesnot determined
Polydextrosenot determined
Less than 1%: Mortierella Alpina Oilnot determined
Crypthecodinium Cohnii Oilpossibly21
Soy Lecithinnone299
Vitamin A Palmitatepossibly63
Vitamin D3none3681511
Vitamin E Acetateprobably9115
Vitamin K1none64585
Thiamin Hydrochloridenone10618
Riboflavinnone12019
Vitamin B6 Hydrochloridenone43554
Vitamin B12none780104
Niacinamidenone20030
Folic Acidnone834121
Calcium Pantothenatenone529
Biotinnone6010
Ascorbic Acidnone1957404
Inositolnone7410
Calcium Carbonatepossibly19620
Calcium Phosphatepossibly64
Magnesium Oxidenone1516193
Ferrous Sulfatedefinitely223
Zinc Sulfatedefinitely54
Manganese Sulfatedefinitely21
Cupric Sulfatedefinitely5419
Potassium Iodidenone13825
Sodium Selenitedefinitely2115
Potassium Citratepossibly11
Choline Chloridepossibly00
Potassium Chlorideprobably707
Sodium Chloridepossibly143
Nucleotidesnot determined
Cytidine 5'-Monophosphatenot determined
Disodium Urdine 5'-Monophosphatenot determined
Adenosine 5'-Monophosphatepossibly21
Disodium Guanosine 5'-Monophosphatepossibly42
Taurinenone16343
L-Carnitinenone44170

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