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Formula milk studies couldn’t exist without industry

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 28 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l367
  1. Stewart Forsyth, retired consultant paediatrician and former medical director
  1. NHS Tayside, Dundee, UK
  1. stewartforsyth{at}

Regarding The BMJ’s articles on the formula milk industry, it is important to understand that nutrition intervention studies in infants and young children cannot be undertaken without the collaboration of nutrition companies.12 This is because the intervention product needs to meet established nutrition and safety standards, which requires knowledge, expertise, and technology that are not available in even the most prestigious academic …

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