Nanoparticles in baby formula

Infographic of nanometer: tennis ball :: tennis ball: earthBreaking news!  Peer reviewed study exposes potentially hazardous nanoparticles in baby formula

Unbeknownst to the general public, popular infant formulas sold throughout the United States contain infinitesimally small ingredients known as engineered nanoparticles. A growing body of scientific research demonstrates that nanoparticles pose threats to human health, raising concerns about their use in food and many other consumer products.

Friends of the Earth commissioned independent laboratory analysis that found nanoparticles in six infant formulas tested. These ingredients are not labeled and are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This groundbreaking analysis of nanoparticles in baby formula is meant to inspire greater public scrutiny, industry accountability and government regulation of nanotechnology, particularly in the food sector. 

"Nanoparticles in baby formula" report cover with baby drinking milk.

Read the executive summaryEspañol

Read the full report

Read news releaseEspañol

Read fact sheet and FAQ

Read the commissioned report provided by Arizona State University

Read our letters to: the Food and Drug AdministrationOccupational Safety and HealthAbbott Laboratories, U.S. Corporate HeadquartersNestle Infant NutritionMead Johnson and Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Take actionTell baby formula companies to remove risky nanoparticles from their products

This report builds on several landmark reports by Friends of the Earth on the prevalence and risks of nanomaterials in consumer products.

Report results

Appendix B summarizing report results; page 1 Appendix B summarizing report results; page 2

Additional resources:

Read letters sent to formula companies requesting their policy on nanomaterials in baby formula. Abbott LaboratoriesWalgreen’sNestlé and Mead Johnson.