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'Medical foods' undermine public protection

31st January 2000

The Food Commission has criticised proposed new legislation that allows 'medical foods' to be widely sold and advertised. The Food Commission says that the regulations will undermine food and medicines laws designed to prevent misleading the public.

'Foods such as infant formula milks which claim to reduce colic or indigestion could mislead mothers and be a deterrent for breastfeeding,' said Dr Tim Lobstein. 'It will be a field day for quack products.'