An oat-based nutritional drink for infants and young children aged 12 months and older has received approval from Health Canada’s Food Directorate of Health Products for the first time.
In August 2023, Smile Organic Co. will start producing its oat drink solution after obtaining Temporary Marketing Authorization (TMA). At the same time, the business will stop producing its current fermented rice recipe.
With a TMA, products may be advertised prior to receiving Canadian Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) approval. Given that Health Canada has the authority to update nutritional standards and amend the FDR, this approval is anticipated to occur soon. In these, animal-based proteins are currently listed as a daily requirement, though fortified soy products are also acceptable.
“Put in simple words, regulators are waking up and understand the need to change their rules,” Christian Marinaro of Smile Organic told Plant Based News.
KEEPING HEALTHY VEGAN KIDS
The triumph of Smile Organic follows a protracted period of development. It took three years to complete its oat-based beverage, which was developed with the assistance of Health Canada and multidisciplinary experts in order to develop a workable substitute for kid-friendly dairy beverages. As a result, a safe product that raises the bar for children’s nutrition is produced, according to Smile. Additionally, it enables vegan parents to raise their children in a way that upholds their ethical principles.
“The need for natural and nutrient-rich food for kids is universal,” Delphine Boillot, Smile Organic’s founder, said in a statement. “Parents’ concerns about their child’s growth and development, coupled with an increasing focus on health and wellness, has never been higher.”
According to some statistics, there will be a 40% increase in vegans by the year 2020 as interest in plant-based diets grows. Additionally, according to Veganuary’s organizers, more people are signing up every year.
There should be more nutritional options due to the increase in babies and kids who are plant-based. Formula, additional milk, and multivitamin products fall under this category.