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Baby biscuits discontinued

5th May 2009

Wiltshire food manufacturer Cow & Gate has said it will stop selling its brand of baby biscuits because researchers found they were made with hydrogenated fat.


The company stated that, from June, it would no longer sell Bear, Berry Bear or Animal Friends biscuits.

Cow & Gate said: "In discussion with the Food Standards Agency we have already taken the decision to discontinue our baby biscuits, when we became aware of presence of hydrogenated fat, which contains a very small amount of trans fats."

Current FSA recommendations include reducing the amount of hydrogenated fats consumed, as it can lead to raised cholesterol.

An investigation by the Children's Food Campaign revealed that over fifty products contained levels of fat, sugar and salt which were not specified on their labels or packaging.

The charity looked at 107 products. They found levels of sugar in Heinz Farley's Rusks - 29% - which exceeded some products aimed at adults.

Heinz said the rusks had been the "ideal weaning food" for babies for 120 years and they contained no added salt.

It said it also sold a reduced-sugar range of rusks which contained 30% less sugar.

Children's Food Campaign spokesman Christine Haigh said: "Many foods marketed for babies and young children are often advertised as healthy."

"In reality, in terms of sugar and saturated fat content, some are worse than junk food. In particular, failing to correctly label products that contain dangerous trans fats is outrageous."



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Article Information

Title: Baby biscuits discontinued
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 11245
Date Added: 5th May 2009


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