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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1985 Dec;24(12):707-10.

Iron fortification of infant foods. A decade of change.


A survey of iron-fortified commercial foods commonly marketed for consumption by infants was conducted in 1972 and again in 1982. Positive changes had occurred in infant formulas and cereals during that decade, in availability of fortifying iron, level of fortification, and label information. Miscellaneous iron-containing products, cookies, and crackers were unreliable sources of dietary iron in both 1972 and 1982. Availability of fortifying iron in regular cereals had improved by 1982, though 10 percent lacked the label information. Fortified infant formulas and cereals contribute iron of high bioavailability to the typical infant diet in amounts equal to the USRDA. Food manufacturers need to continue to apply knowledge gained through research to sustain the lessened but still highly prevalent incidence of anemia in 1-2-year old children.

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