Due to the growing concern over the potential adverse health effects associated with 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has limited concentration levels of this chemical byproduct in certain foods like hydrolyzed vegetable proteins.
What is 3-MCPD? 3-MCPD is a chemical compound formed during the refining of vegetable oils. Although the presence of this contaminate was found in food many years ago, there was almost no data available regarding its toxicity or occurrence. In 2013, the EFSA released a preliminary report on the presence of 3-MCPD and its potential health concerns. In their report, the EFSA states that studies on laboratory rats have linked 3-MCPD to cancer, infertility, and suppressed immune function.
According to the EFSA’s report, out of any age group studied, toddlers are most at risk for consuming more than the recommended daily amount of 3-MCPD. Currently, the EFSA recommends a tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 2 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day for 3-MCPD. As mentioned above, the EFSA has mandated a maximum concentration level of 3-MCPD to 20 micrograms per kilograms of body weight in certain types of foods.
Since the EFSA’s report surfaced, many food manufacturers have adjusted their processing methods to strictly limit the levels of 3-MCPD in food products. In fact, many manufacturers have altogether eliminated the presence of 3-MCPD in foods once high in concentration levels.
Although the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged the potential concern over this chemical compound in 2006, they have yet to set any real guidelines regarding the use of this chemical byproduct. Keep in mind; there has been no clinical data showing a direct correlation between the consumption of 3-MCPD and adverse health effects.
In general, those in the science and medical community agree that more data must be presented before more action is taken against banning 3-MCPD in food products.
So, what can you do to limit your baby’s exposure to 3-MCPD and other potentially harmful chemicals? Regardless of whether you’re supplementing with formula or using it as the main source of nutrition, choose a European made formula like Holle or HIPP. Infant formulas made in Europe are made in accordance to EFSA guidelines and are in most cases, made with ingredients sourced from biodynamic farms where the use of harsh processing methods are not allowed and the presence of 3-MCPD is minimal or nonexistent.
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