Food industry implications arising from approval of lactoferrin in infant formula

On 4 April 2023 Australian and New Zealand food ministers effectively approved an amendment to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code that would expressly permit the use of lactoferrin in infant formula products, subject to a period of exclusivity. This article addresses the immediate implications for infant formula manufacturers arising from this amendment, as well as the important issues this raises for food manufacturers in developing their formulations going forward.