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Infant and baby foods in terms of product quality and nutritional value

Infant and baby foods in terms of product quality and nutritional value compared to fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.

European standars for infant`s and baby foods are very strict. The environment we live in is heavily influenced by human industrial activity. Agriculture is not an exception. Nowadays, intensive agriculture is a predominantly followed agricultural production system, which is based on maximing the yields per acre of land. This is, however, not consistent with the requirements for minimizing health risks arising from nutritional use of such products by infants and young children. 

“Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is essential for your child`s healthy growth”, such is the sentence you can often read in the newspaper, hear on the radio or even in the surgery of your paediatrician. Nevertheless, not so widely- known is the fact that these fresh vegetables and fruits can contain 300 times more pesticide residues per mass unit than determined by the legislation concerning baby foods. Te limit value for pesticide residue content in infant`s foods is 0.01 mg/kg while in fresh fruit, vegetables or meat the limit is stipulated at 3 mg/kg for each residue. 

Pesticide residues are the pesticides remaining on or in the plants after pesticides have been applied on food crops. Sometimes, more kinds of pesticides or herbicides are applied in the same plant and each of them can contain different active substance. Thus, the sum of these pesticide residues can seriously damage child`s health.

OVKO baby foods are manufactured merely from the food which is analysed and tested for pesticide residues content. Analyses are carried out in accredited european laboratories and only the food complying with strict standards can be further used in the manufacturing process. Every parent should bear this in mind next time when being given “good” advice on his child`s nourishment.

It is important that the advice on eating fresh fruit and vegetable be heard till the end, which says: “…but their quality must be tested”. This is guaranteed only in case of BIO products. OVKO products are therefore an adequate alternative solution to fresh foods. It provides parents with sterilized foods manufactured from tested and approved foodstuffs under strict hygienic conditions.

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Source: AC Nielsen - data on the number of units sold in the Slovak Republic 2015, 2014, r.2013, r.2012. (Sales of food, general merchandise and drugstores).