Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods

Codex Publishes Guidelines on Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) 2022

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Posted By: Sandhya Sashikumar

Infant foodsOn February 23, 2023, the Codex Alimentarius published guidelines on the “Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) 2022” as the World Health Organization recommended for children's dietary management. 

The scope of the document summarizes as follows:

  • Provides guidance on the production of RUTF for children aged 6 to 59 months with severe acute malnutrition; 
  • Ready-to-use supplementary foods (RUSF), micronutrient supplements, processed cereal-based foods, etc are excluded; 
  • The nutritional composition of RUTF has been well established for Energy, Protein, Vitamin, Minerals, etc.;
  • The Standard for the Labelling of and Claims for Food for Special Medical Purposes (CXS 180-1991) shall apply mandatorily; 
  • The list of ingredients shall comply with CXS 1-1985 and food additives with CXG 10-1979 and CXS 192-1995, respectively. 

The document is effective from February 21, 2023.

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