The European Office of the World Health Organisation has published its final report Nutrient and promotion profile model on a nutrient promotion and profile model for foods for children aged between 6-36 months.
We tested Australian foods against the draft of this model and they don’t perform well. The government needs to set higher standards for foods for babies and toddlers that align with this model of international best practice.
We collaborate with other public health organisations on the improvement of foods and diets for young children as a member of the Infant and Toddler Food Research Alliance.
The Australian Government is developing an Early Years Strategy to shape its vision for the future of Australia’s children and their families. The discussion paper for submissions on this strategy does not include nutrition as a key consideration – we think it should.