After a number of years of consumer pressure, as of May 2016, Similac, Enfamil, and Gerber Good Start have all released at least one non-GMO infant formula option for parents concerned about GMOs. While this is a great step in the right direction new research shows that the top brands of infant formula pose a new threat to babies.
Similac, Enfamil, Gerber (Nestlé), and Well Beginnings (Walgreens) are exposing babies to tiny and potentially toxic nanoparticles. Research found tiny, engineered nanoparticles in six of the most popular baby formulas sold in the United States. These beyond-microscopic materials, including nano titanium dioxide and nano silicon dioxide, can enter cells, tissues, and organs and may harm our health. These ingredients have no business being in our babies’ food!
Recent science says that these substances are likely toxic for humans and other living things. At the nanoscale (one billionth of a meter!), the properties of familiar substances differ from those in larger particle form and pose particular risk to babies. This new technology is on the market without proper safety assessment or regulations and is not labeled. So why would we expose our tiniest and most vulnerable population to an unregulated and untested ingredient?
Tell these companies our babies deserve better than GMOs!
** Instructions to call customer service:
Abbott Laboratories/Similac – 1 800-227-5767, press 3, and then 1
Mead Johnson Nutrition/Enfamil – 1 800-BABY-123, press 1
Nestlé USA/Gerber Good Start – 1 800-284-9488
Walgreens/Well Beginnings – 1-800-925-4733
** Instructions to post on the brands’ Facebook page:
1. Copy this URL of the GMO Inside graphic:
2. Paste it into the status update bar on the brands’ Facebook page
3. Along with the graphic, write your very own note to Similac/Abbott Laboratories.
Ex. “Non-GMO ingredients are better for people, planet, and animals. Similac, please use better ingredients!”
4. Click “Post”.
Call each companies 800 number** (see numbers below)
Post on the brands Facebook pages** (see instructions below)
January 7, 2017