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Follow-up Formula and Proprietary Foods (Baby Milk Powders)

Seven brands bought, tested, compared, and graded

"If a multinational company developed a product that was a nutritionally balanced and delicious food, doubled up as a wonder drug that both prevented and treated disease, cost almost nothing to produce, and could be delivered in qualities controlled by the consumers' need, the very announcement of their find would send their shares skyrocketing to the top of the stock market. The scientists who developed the product would win prizes and the wealth and influence of everyone involved would increase dramatically. Women have been producing such a miraculous substance, breast milk, since the beginning of human existence." - Gabrielle Palmer, The Politics of Breastfeeding

As per Word Health Organisation (WHO), complementary foods should be added to the diet of a child only when breast milk is no longer enough to meet the child's nutritional needs. The transition from exclusive breastfeeding to family foods, referred to as 'complementary feeding' typically covers the period fro 6 months to 18-24 months of age. Another fact is that complementary foods are also being used as the weaning diet for infants after six months, or even earlier in some cases. Not surprisingly, follow- up formula milk or baby food power companies are doing brisk business across the world. Baby-food packs es like toiletries and it seems that nowadays every house with a child mandatorily orders diapers and 'baby food'.

Team Consumer Voice listed out seven brands of follow-up formula milk including two proprietary foods that are commonly bought across the country and found out everything about them that a consumer needs to know.

The Standard

The Indian Standard IS 15757: 2007 has been formulated on such complementary foods. The standard is to ensure that the composition of the product is such that it is nutritionally adequate to contribute to normal growth and development of infants at the weaning stage after the age of six months and up to the age of two years.

The product comes under BIS mandatory certification scheme, which means that no product can sell without obtaining a BIS certificate. The certificate is given after thorough testing of the product. It may be noted that Ensure and PediaSure are proprietary foods and hence exempted from mandatory requirement.

You can see list of our CV Surveillance Series- Baby Milk Powders below, perform Side-by-Side comparison. If you need further help, do have a look at Conzumr Guides and Tips. Alternatively you can view all Baby Milk Powders to choose your own favourites.


Side by Side comparison

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Baby Milk Powder
Baby Milk Powder
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Dexolac ₹ 315
Amazon.in ₹ 595
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Farex ₹ 380
Firstcry ₹ 455
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Nan Pro ₹ 455
Amazon.in ₹ 504
Firstcry ₹ 520
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Lactogen ₹ 263
Amazon.in ₹ 302
Firstcry ₹ 302
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Prices in US Dollar
Prices in Indian Rupee
Similac ₹ 495
SnapDeal ₹ 4995
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Prices in Indian Rupee
Ensure ₹ 495
Prices in Malaysian Ringgit
Lazada Malaysia RM 60
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PediaSure ₹ 515
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Highlights
MRP (Rs)
Baby Milk Powder : 315
Baby Milk Powder : 380
Baby Milk Powder : 455
Baby Milk Powder : 263
Baby Milk Powder : 495
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : 495
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : 515
Net Weight
Baby Milk Powder : 500 Gm
Baby Milk Powder : 450 Gm
Baby Milk Powder : 400 Gm
Baby Milk Powder : 400 Gm
Baby Milk Powder : 400 Gm
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : 400 Gm
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : 400 Gm
Best Before
Baby Milk Powder : 16 Months
Baby Milk Powder : 12 Months
Baby Milk Powder : 12 Months
Baby Milk Powder : 12 Months
Baby Milk Powder : 29.5 Months
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : 17 Months
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : 16 Months
Manufactured/Marketed by
Baby Milk Powder : Nutricia International
Baby Milk Powder : Nutricia International
Baby Milk Powder : Nestle India
Baby Milk Powder : Nestle India
Baby Milk Powder : Abbott Healthcare
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Abbott Healthcare
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Abbott Healthcare
Baby Milk Powder : 63
Baby Milk Powder : 84.44
Baby Milk Powder : 113.75
Baby Milk Powder : 65.75
Baby Milk Powder : 123.75
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : 123.75
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : 180.75
Considering the unit price per 100 grams, Dexolac is the cheapest brand and PediaSure is the costliest, followed by Ensure and Similac.
The Report
Baby Milk Powder : As per legal requirements.
Baby Milk Powder : As per legal requirements.
Baby Milk Powder : As per legal requirements.
Baby Milk Powder : As per legal requirements.
Baby Milk Powder : As per legal requirements.
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : As per legal requirements.
(Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : As per legal requirements.
The complementary food should be packed in a clean, hermetically sealed metal container (IS 11078) or in a flexible pack o a to protect the from deterioration. In case plastic material is used for flexible packing, only food-grade plastic shall be used (IS 10171). The product has to be packed in nitrogen or a mixture of nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The product shall be packed in qualities as stipulated under Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules.
  • All brands were packed as per the legal requirements.
  • Baby Milk Powder : Had necessary ISI marking.
    Baby Milk Powder : Had necessary ISI marking.
    Baby Milk Powder : Had necessary ISI marking.
    Baby Milk Powder : Had necessary ISI marking.
    Baby Milk Powder : Had necessary ISI marking.
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Did not have necessary markings
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Did not have necessary markings
    The following details are necessary on each package:
    • Name of the material and trademark, if any
    • Name and address of manufacturer
    • Batch or code number
    • Net weight in grams
    • Date of manufacture
    • List of ingredients
    • Nutritional Claims
    • Permitted additives
    • Maximum retail price (MRP)
    • Use before/ Expiry date
    • Statutory declaration
    • ISI marked and 'green dot' marking for vegetarian status
    • Feed chart and direction for use and storage

    Except Ensure and PediaSure, all brands had the necessary ISI marking. However, several of their claims turned out to be different from the tested results. Some of these findings are discussed here.

    Baby Milk Powder : Slight but negligible difference between packet and tested values.
    Baby Milk Powder : Slight but negligible difference between packet and tested values. Within limits.
    Baby Milk Powder : Slight but negligible difference between packet and tested values. Within limits.
    Baby Milk Powder : Second highest value of 19.36%
    Baby Milk Powder : Slight but negligible difference between packet and tested values. Within limits.
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Slight but negligible difference between packet and tested values.
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Highest value of 24.4%
    The brand were tested to see how much the fat (in grams) was per 100 grams. As per Indian Standard and FSSAI, the fat should mandatorily be a minimum 18% and a maximum of 27% by mass.
  • Although there was a slight difference between the declared values on the packets and the values found in our test results, there was nothing to be alarmed about a the values obtained were within permissible limits. At 24.4 %, the highest fat was found in PediaSure, followed by Lactogen at 19.36%.
  • Baby Milk Powder : Maximum value of 16.59%
    Baby Milk Powder : Within permissible limits.
    Baby Milk Powder : Within permissible limits.
    Baby Milk Powder : Lowest value of 14.35%
    Baby Milk Powder : Within permissible limits.
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Within permissible limits.
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Within permissible limits.
    As per Indian Standard and FSSAI, the protein should be a minimum 13.5% and a maximum 24.75% by mass.
  • In this test too, the team found variations between the declared values on the packets and the values given by the actual test results. Again, there was nothing to be alarmed about as the values were obtained within the permissible limits.
  • The maximum protein content was found at 16.59% in Dexolac, and the lowest at 14.35% in Lactogen.
  • Baby Milk Powder : Lowest value
    Baby Milk Powder : Met the requirements.
    Baby Milk Powder : Met the requirements.
    Baby Milk Powder : Met the requirements.
    Baby Milk Powder : Met the requirements.
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Maximum value
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Met the requirements.
    When prepared with the instructions for use, 100 ml of the ready-for-consumption product should provide not less than 60 kilo calories and not more than 85 kilo calories.
  • All brands met the requirements. The maximum energy value was found in Ensure (proprietary food), while the lowest content of the same was observed in Dexolac.
  • Baby Milk Powder : Nothing extraordinary found
    Baby Milk Powder : Nothing extraordinary found.
    Baby Milk Powder : Nothing extraordinary found.
    Baby Milk Powder : Nothing extraordinary found.
    Baby Milk Powder : Met the requirements.
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Maximum value of 65.86%
    (Proprietary food) Baby Milk Powder : Nothing extraordinary found.
    As per Indian Standard, the product shall contain nutritionally available carbohydrates suitable for the feeding of the older infant and young child in such quantities as to adjust the product to the energy density.
  • Nothing extraordinary was found in this test. The maximum carbohydrate content at 65.86% was found in Ensure, and the lowest at 54.94% was in PediaSure.