Improve commercial infant and toddler foods

This activity will explore options to improve commercial foods for infants and toddlers.

Activity type:
Priority: reduce chronic disease related to overweight and obesity


Consider and decide what the food regulation system can do to improve commercial infant and toddler foods.


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The food ministers agreed at their November 2020 meeting that the Food Regulation Standing Committee undertake this activity.


This activity is at Step E (develop and evaluate options) of the Food Regulation Policy Framework.

We are developing a consultation paper for the food ministers to consider. The paper will:

  • define the problem with commercial foods for infants and young people
  • outline the potential options to address the problem.

We will use the consultation paper to seek stakeholder views on the options.

2023 – issues paper completed

We developed an issues paper (including a problem statement) on commercial foods for infants and young children.

The food ministers considered the issues paper at their December 2023 meeting. They asked us to progress this work as a priority.

2020 – background paper completed

We did an initial analysis to explore:

  • the current regulatory environment for infant foods in Australia and New Zealand
  • a comparison with international guidelines for infant feeding
  • products sold for infants and toddlers in Australia.

This analysis included the background paper Commercial foods for early childhood: Australia and New Zealand. We presented this paper to the food ministers at their November 2020 meeting.

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