DGC product specifications are very detailed and are an integral part of our focus on supplying high quality product to our customers.
Infants and young children are a very sensitive and vulnerable population and the manufacture of formula products for these age groups is highly regulated. DGC products are formulated and managed through specifications to comply with all relevant local and international standards including the following:
The Codex Alimentarius Commission develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair trade practices in the food trade.
For example, the standard that covers the compositional requirements for infant formula is the Codex Alimentarius Commission Standards for Infant formulas and Formulas for Special Medical Purposes Intended for Infants (CODEX STAN 72-1981, Revised 2007).
FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand)
New Zealand is the home of DGC products and these regulations set the requirements for products produced for sale in New Zealand and Australia.
DGC is a Ministry of Primary Industries - certified manufacturer and exporter of infant formula and goat nutritionals for children.
Importing country regulations
DGC product specifications are also customised where required to comply with importing country requirements as these sometimes differ from CODEX and/or FSANZ requirements. DGC has a team of specialists who develop products to meet country specific regulations.
In March 2012 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provided a positive scientific opinion on a submission from DGC on the suitability of goat milk protein as a source of protein in infant formulae and in follow-on formulae.
Abstract from EFSA scientific opinion is as follows:
“On request from the European Commission following an application by Dairy Goat Co-operative (NZ) Ltd, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies was asked to provide a scientific opinion on the suitability of goat milk protein as a source of protein in infant and follow-on formulae. The Panel considered compositional data of an infant and a follow-on formula made from whole goat milk that retained the natural whey-to-casein ratio of goat milk, data from a double-blind, randomised, controlled, three-centre trial, and a re-analysis of the data of the trial which formed the basis of a previous evaluation of the Panel. A study in 200 Australian infants, randomised to receive an infant formula with unmodified goat milk protein or a cow milk formula exclusively for at least four months and thereafter in addition to complementary food until 12 months did not show statistically significant or clinically relevant differences in weight, length or head circumference development. The growth pattern of formula-fed infants differed, as expected, from that of the WHO growth standard in particular with respect to weight-for-length. The results of this study were supported by the results of the trial considered in the Panel’s earlier assessment, in which, however, the sample size was insufficient to draw conclusions. The Panel concludes that protein from goat milk can be suitable as a protein source for infant and follow-on formulae, provided the final product complies with the compositional criteria laid down in Directive 2006/141/EC.“
© European Food Safety Authority, 2012