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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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Should I Be Buying BPA-Free Products?

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In general, much of the foods purchased from Australian retailers that we eat comes into contact with plastic. Plastics play a part in virtually every phase of food production and preparation, with food being processed on plastic equipment, packaged and shipped in plastic-lined boxes, and stored in plastic containers within the home. For a long time this seemed okay, but recent controversies have spawned new discussions about the safety of plastics in the food industry.

There is an inevitable transfer between plastic and food, which has been known about since plastics first came onto the scene. Extremely small bits of plastic get into our food from our containers, a process called “leaching” or “migration”. The chemical industry acknowledges that you can’t avoid this transfer, noting that all food packaging materials contain substances that can migrate into the food they contact.

Food that is heated in plastic is most at risk of migration, as are fatty, salty and acidic foods that come into contact with chemical-lined cans.

While there is very little published research into the potential adverse health effects of chemicals leaching from plastic into the food we consume, there are two chemical suspects under active investigation: bisphenol A and a class of chemicals called phthalates. Of the two, you’ve most likely heard of bisphenol A, or at the very least it’s more common name, BPA.

What is BPA?

BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. It’s found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins that are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as baby bottles and water bottles.

Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects on the brain, behaviour, and the prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

Studies show that high doses of BPA disrupt reproductive development and function in laboratory animals. While the traces of BPA in humans remain low enough to be considered ‘safe’, the question you have to ask is, is buying products that contain BPA worth the risk? Sure, most BPA products offer convenience, but at what cost?

BPA, which mimics the hormone oestrogen, has been loosely linked to a number of health concerns, including:

  • structural damage to the brain
  • changes in gender-specific behaviour
  • hyperactivity
  • increased aggressiveness
  • impaired learning
  • abnormal sexual behaviour
  • early puberty
  • disrupted reproductive cycles
  • ovarian dysfunction
  • infertility
  • increased risk of obesity
  • altered immune function
  • stimulation of prostate cancer cells
  • decreased sperm production

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At current exposure levels, BPA poses no known health risk to humans, regardless of their age. But, as we increase our use of plastics, will these levels increase enough to start posing a risk?

Probably not. The good news is that there are a number of agencies in Australia that are today involved in regulating chemicals used in plastics. These include:

  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) for the food sold in plastic containers.
  • The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) for the safety of the industrial chemicals used.
  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for the safety of plastic articles themselves.

This comes on the back of a 2010 announcement by the Australian Government that described a voluntary phase-out by major Australian retailers of polycarbonate plastic baby bottles containing BPA. (The announcement was made in response to consumer preference and demand rather than an issue about product safety.) As a result, more and more BPA-free options are becoming available.

So should you be buying products that are BPA-free?

When it comes to choosing plastic products, ultimately it’s your choice as to what you look for. While many are pointing to shopping for BPA-free products only, others have raised concern about the replacement chemical, bisphenol S (BPS).  In 2013, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch discovered that BPS can also disrupt cellular functioning, meaning it’s not a healthier alternative. The concern is that manufacturers using BPS are merely sticking a BPA-free label on their products by trading one endocrine-disrupting chemical for another. Perhaps the push should be to highlight the need to limit today’s use of plastics instead of look for alternate chemicals? Chemicals are chemicals after all, and any foreign particles in the body can carry potential health risks.

The fact that Europe, Canada and China have banned BPA being used in baby bottles tells us that there’s legitimately something to worry about. BPA exposure is inevitable (it’s in water bottles, store receipts, soup cans, plastic-packaged foods, and many other products you encounter on a daily basis), but limiting exposure is possible. This can come by buying BPA-free products, or can come from:

  • drinking tap water instead of bottled water
  • not using plastic cutlery
  • avoiding canned foods, especially those that are acidic, salty or fatty
  • storing food in glass jars instead of plastic containers
  • not buying plastic sucking toys unless they are BPA free
  • not overly handling receipts
  • breastfeeding your baby instead of bottle-feeding, if possible
  • serving drinks in glass instead of plastic cups

All Bellamy’s Organic product packaging is BPA-free, and with any luck, all Australian manufacturers will soon have the use of BPA, PVC and polycarbonate in baby products and food packaging phased 100% out.  In the meantime, shopping carefully for your plastics and limiting your plastic usage can help lower your risk of any chemical leaching. The evidence suggesting that chemicals in the body are harmful might not be conclusive, but a little bit of careful shopping is still a good idea.

Please note that the information provided by Bellamy’s Organic is to be seen as general advice only. Any questions you have related to your child’s welfare, please speak with your General Practitioner or paediatrician.

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Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.