The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that formula-like products marketed for children ages 9 months to 3 years—which often contain added sugars, oils, and flavors—are not recommended as part of a child’s healthy diet.
The food industry is using misleading labeling to influence caregivers into believing these drinks offer health benefits and are appropriate choices for young children. While the FDA regulates labeling of infant formula, it currently has no specific rules for toddler beverages.
In July 2020, CSPI and 29 other public health organizations and individuals submitted a Citizen Petition to FDA requesting enforcement of and updates to labeling regulations in order to address consumer confusion and public health harms posed by “transition formulas” and “toddler milks.”
Please join us in asking the FDA to act on the petition!