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Nestle Denies Adding Sugar To Infant Products In Nigeria

The report, conducted by Public Eye, a Swiss investigative organization, in collaboration with the International Baby Food Action Network.

By Nydra Ayibapreye

Nestle Nigeria, a food and beverage company, has denied the allegations from an investigative report suggesting that it added sugar to its infant milk and cereal products sold in Nigeria, violating global guidelines.

The report, conducted by Public Eye, a Swiss investigative organization, in collaboration with the International Baby Food Action Network, claimed that Nestle provided higher quality products to developed nations than to Nigeria and other lower-income countries.

According to the report, traces of sugar were detected in samples of the company’s infant cereal for children aged six months to two years, as well as in a follow-up milk formula for infants up to 12 months old.

However, Nestle’s Head of Corporate Communications, Victoria Uwadoka, stated in a position statement provided to Vanguard that the company adheres to global sugar usage requirements and delivers quality products worldwide.

“Baby food and infant formula are highly regulated categories. Like everywhere in the world, in Nigeria, we do not add sugars (sucrose and glucose) to infant formulas for children aged 0-12 months. 

“We apply the same nutrition, health, and wellness principles everywhere in the world which are aligned with both international and local guidelines and regulations. This includes compliance with labeling requirements and thresholds on carbohydrate content that encompasses sugars.”

Uwadoka stated that regarding cereals, there may be slight variations in recipes around the world.

“In Europe, Nestle’s range of cereals comes with and without added sugars. Like everywhere in the world, in Nigeria, we do not add sugars (sucrose and glucose) to Infant formula for children aged 0-12 months. In Nigeria, our Growing Up Milks have no added sugars.

“ Our milks and cereals for young children are fortified with vitamins and minerals such as iron to help tackle malnutrition,” she remarked.

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