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WHO/FAO guidelines for the safe preparation, storage and handling of powdered infant formula

Author: WHO/FAO
Year: 2006
Resource type: Field tool

IMPORTANT NOTE: These guidelines, leaflets and poster have NOT been made with the emergency setting in mind. Hence pictures of bottle feeding should be used with CAUTION as use of feeding bottles can be very dangerous in emergencies due to difficulties of cleaning and sterilisation.

Guidelines on preparing, storing, and handling powdered infant formula both in the home and in care settings. Attached document is in English, but is also available in French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Russian from the website below, along with other supportive materials. See also research paper by Shaker, R, in research section.

Following Enterobacter sakazakii and Salmonella enterica problems these guidelines have been produced following workshops and other meetings on it (meeting report in library), this is the final guideline.

Contents: Powdered infant formula (PIF) has been associated with serious illness and death in infants due to infections with Enterobacter sakazakii and Salmonella enterica. These guidelines are a generic document that will provide guidance and support for countries and governments. When adapted at the country level, conditions (i.e. climatic and socioeconomic differences, etc.) within the country should be reflected. Individual countries should outline minimum training requirements for parents, caregivers, and staff in hospitals and day-care centres. Also available at same website individual guidelines for bottle feeding, cup feeding and feeding in care facilities.


pif.pdf (PDF, 573kb)

safe-prep-bottle-feeding-leaflet.pdf (PDF, 573kb)

safe-prep-cup-feeding-leaflet.pdf (PDF, 553kb)

safe-prep-in-care-setting.pdf (PDF, 952kb)

poster-preparing-formula-in-care-settings.pdf (PDF, 297kb)

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