The inclusion of lutein into infant formula is safe and does not affect growth in the infants, according to a new study.
The scientists recruited 232 infants and randomly assigned them
to receive either a control formula (Wyeth S-26 Gold) or an
experimental formula with additional lutein at a level of 200 micrograms
From the data in this study, lutein fortification of S-26 Gold at 200 micrograms per litre is safe and allows normal infant growth.
The findings support the previous conclusions of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) from 2008, which deemed lutein safe for use in infant formula in doses up to 250-300mg/l and 500mg/l in follow-on formula.