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They're healthy, nutritious AND they taste great.
by Bounty Team | 1 August 2022
Ensuring your little one gets the right nutrition whether you’re at home or out and about takes up plenty of time for new parents.
Fortunately some incredible Australian companies are producing healthy, nutritious meals and snacks that make the job a little easier. And the bonus: kids love them too!
We’ve rounded up our favourites, including the ones voted the best by parents and experts in the 2022 Bounty Baby Awards, to make your shopping trip simple.
Bounty Baby Award Winners – Best Baby Food 2022
The winning baby products of the year have all been exhaustively tried, tested and voted on by parents, bubs and Bounty’s expert panel.
This year the awards, proudly brought to us by Baby Village, saw more than 41,000 Aussie parents plus a panel of industry experts cast their votes on a range of products from nappies and car seats, to prams and breast pumps, judging each one on quality, value for money, user-friendliness and innovation.
Products were put through their paces over a period of six months in three different settings: at home in real-life situations, in a retail environment and online. The products submitted were assessed on quality, value for money, user-friendliness and innovation.
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The winners of the Best Baby Food in 2022 are:
GOLD: Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks
SILVER: Baby Mum-Mum Plant-Based Rice Puffs
BRONZE: Rafferty’s Garden Sweet Potato, Carrot & Apple 4+ months 120g
WATCH: Tiff Hall and Ed Kavalee on feeding fussy eaters. Continues after video …
The best baby food products in Australia
Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusk RRP $3.50
Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks are free from the top common allergens including gluten, egg, nut and dairy making it ideal for allergy-prone, ingredient-intolerant and even vegan babies!
Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks are delicious, nutritious rice rusks which have been loved by Australian babies for over a decade.
Full of wholesome ingredients, they feature no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
(Image: Baby Mum-Mum)
Baby Mum-Mum Plant Based Rice Puffs, RRP $1.50
Baby Mum Mum Plant Based Rice Puffs have added chickpeas for protein, helping with healthy growth and muscle development. There are no artificial colours or flavours. No added sugar or salt and no preservatives. The puffs are lightly sweetened with real fruit juice. Conveniently portion packaged, it’s perfect to drop into the baby bag for when you’re out and about or at playdates.
(Image: Baby Mum-Mum)
Rafferty’s Garden Sweet Potato, Carrot and Apple Smooth Baby Food 120g, RRP $2.00
Made in Australia with nothing else except for Sweet Potato, Carrot & Apple (not even water…), with its smooth texture it’s the perfect first food for bubs trying pureed solid food for the first time.
Rafferty’s Garden Sweet Potato, Carrot & Apple 4+ months has; NO preservatives NO artificial colours NO artificial flavours NO added salt or sugar NO added concentrates NO added juices NO GM ingredients.
(Image: Rafferty's Garden)
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CUB Organic Apple Banana And Blueberry 4M+ 120g, RRP $1.50
Carefully developed by our baby food experts, CUB Organic squeezy food pouches are made from high quality, organic certified ingredients and are a nutritious way to help your cub discover delicious new tastes & textures. Perfect for hungry tummies. – ACO Certified Organic – No preservatives – No added sugar – Source of Fibre – No artificial colours & flavours – Made in Australia – Recyclable packaging
Rafferty’s Garden Strawberry Yoghurt Buttons, 12+ months, 28g, RRP $4. 40
Rafferty’s Garden Strawberry Yoghurt Buttons are made from yoghurt and real fruit. With a soft, dissolvable texture, no artificial colours or flavours and the added benefit of probiotic cultures. In a re-sealable pack, they’re perfect for on-the-go snacking, with flavours your little toddlers will love! MADE with probiotic cultures NO artificial colours NO artificial flavours
(Image: Rafferty's Garden)
Little Quacker Rice Biscuits, RRP $3.50
Wholesome Little Quacker Rice Biscuits are an ideal on-the-go-snack, providing the perfect balance between nutrition and taste. Certified organic, it is also free of gluten, dairy, egg and nut. Makes a great addition to your toddler’s and children’s lunch boxes too!
(Image: Little Quacker)
Rafferty’s Garden Banana, Pear & Mango + Nothing Else Pouch, 4+ months, 120g, RRP $2. 00
Rafferty’s Garden Banana, Pear & Mango + Nothing Else 4+ months Pouch is made in Australia with premium natural ingredients, so you know you’re giving your baby the absolute best. A delicious and nutritious puree made with real banana, pear and mango and NOTHING ELSE, as if you made it yourself. Perfect to start your little one’s solids journey and a flavour combination they will continue to love as they grow. NO preservatives NO artificial colours NO artificial flavours NO added salt or sugar NO added concentrates NO added juices NO GM ingredients
(Image: Rafferty's Garden)
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Best Baby Food - Reviews & Brand Ratings
Aussie families rate Rafferty’s Garden number ‘yum’ in baby food review
There’s plenty to consider when it comes to bringing a new bundle of joy home from the hospital for the first time – whether you’re a first-time parent, or you’re bringing home a new brother or sister. There’s the stroller, the baby monitor, the nappies, and to top it all off, there’s the food. With each child having different preferences, it’s no easy task to get a child to eat – and eat healthily – regardless of their age.
As a result, many parents turn to packaged baby foods at mealtimes, with plenty of brands offering a wide variety of flavours to help the little ones get the essential minerals and nutrients needed for their healthy development. But with so many options on supermarket shelves, narrowing down which brand to put in the shopping trolley can quickly become a task in itself, particularly if your child has allergies or they’re fussy when it comes to food. That’s where Canstar Blue’s baby food review can help.
On this page:
- How we rate baby food brands
- Best baby food brands
- Which baby food brand should you buy?
- The final spoon on baby food
How we rate baby food brands
While most new parents originally intend to make all of their baby’s food from scratch, it’s not always possible, when life/work admin sneaks up on you, or when bub decides to change up mealtimes. That’s where baby food comes in handy, and takes out some of the stress of having to prepare food that’ll satisfy your little cherub. Our latest baby food ratings reveal which baby food brands Aussie parents (and babies) rate best.
How many Australians do we survey for our ratings?
Canstar Blue surveyed 772 Australians for their feedback on the baby food products (excluding formula) they’ve purchased from a supermarket in the last six months.
- The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.
What criteria are used to rate baby food?
Respondents rate their satisfaction with their baby food brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
- Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a baby food brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
- Child enjoyment: my child seemed to enjoy the taste and texture of the product.
- Variety of flavours & options: the brand offered a good selection of savoury and sweet baby foods, and various other options like purees, cereal, custards, yoghurt, snacks, etc.
- Ease of opening & dispensing: the product was sealed properly, but was also easy to open and dispense during mealtimes.
- Different packaging options: the brand offered a good variety of packaging options (i.e. jars, tins, squeeze packs, pouches, etc.)
- Packaging design: the product packaging was aesthetically pleasing and as expected.
- Value for money: good quantity and quality (of ingredients) for the cost.
How do we determine the winner?
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
- Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
- When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
- The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.
Which baby food brands do we rate?
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
- Rafferty’s Garden
- ALDI Mamia
- Only Organic
- Baby Mum-Mum
- Bellamy’s Organic
- Annabel Karmel
- Baby Bellies
Rafferty’s Garden topped our baby food ratings with five-star reviews for child enjoyment, variety of flavours and options, ease of opening and dispensing packaging design, and overall satisfaction. Runner-up ALDI Mamia rated best for value for money, alongside Coles, and also got top marks for packaging design. Heinz additionally got the top honours for its variety of packaging options available.
Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.
Top Baby Food Brand − Rafferty’s Garden
Born in Australia back in 2007, Rafferty’s Garden has grown to become a global baby brand. With a range of food products including breakfasts, custards, purees and snacks, Rafferty’s Garden has all mealtimes sorted. The nutritional information and ingredients of each product are also listed on its website, so it’s easy for busy parents to decide which products to stock up on before heading down to the shops.
Rafferty’s Garden’s range begins with baby food pouches for those aged four months and older, with spinach, apple, broccoli & pea and pumpkin, apple & sweetcorn being some of the flavours available. Coming in 120g packets, each packet will cost $2 at local supermarkets and shops, with natural ingredients used. Other food pouch lines include those for 6+ months, 8+ months, and ‘mini meals’ for 10+ months with dishes like shepherd’s pie and beef bolognese on the menu. The entire range additionally offers cereals, snacks, yoghurt, and ‘baby bowls’ for 6+ months and 8+ months, made with 100% recyclable packaging.
Food pouches from Rafferty’s Garden are stated to have a 13-month shelf life and don’t need to be stored in the fridge. The brand also claims there are no additives in its products.
- Rafferty’s Garden dug up five stars for child enjoyment, variety of flavours and options, ease of opening and dispensing, packaging design, and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for value for money and three stars variety of packaging options.
Which baby food brand should I buy?
With so many options of baby food in the supermarket aisles, it becomes a little overwhelming knowing what to pick. With nearly a third of parents surveyed (26%) having a fussy eater on their hands, getting the nod from the family’s smallest critic is more important than price; the variety of flavours available and packaging options were the biggest drivers of customer satisfaction, followed by value for money. Brands like Heinz, ALDI Mamia, and Rafferty’s Garden seemed to tick most of these boxes, making them a safe option for parents to try.
Here are some of the other standout results from our latest survey:
The final spoon on baby food
Mealtime can certainly be a stressful time for households, particularly if you’re rushed, or have more than one child to look after. And it doesn’t help when the bub is a fussy eater, which 26% of respondents said was the case. Our latest survey revealed that over a third of parents (32%) originally intended to make all of their baby’s food from scratch themselves, while a similar amount (33%) admitted feeling guilty for feeding their child packaged baby food.
All parents want the best for their children, but even if you can’t prepare every single meal from scratch at home, you should be able to find some perfectly good and healthy alternatives on supermarket shelves. Despite nutritional information being widely available, 21% of survey respondents said they worry about their child not getting enough nutrients from baby foods. Although 34% said they’re satisfied that the quality of packaged baby food is generally good. Finding the right brand for your child’s taste buds – and your budget – is the major challenge you face. With that in mind, we hope our customer ratings provide some helpful guidance.
About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
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9 dry milk products for babies contain carcinogens!Chinese mother circle is fried!In truth ...
Source: Australia News.
Parents always hope that their babies will grow up healthy and choose the best for their children. Infant formula. But recently, the Hong Kong Consumer Council announced that many brands of imported milk powder contain carcinogens, which caused parents to panic.
But in fact, the Hong Kong Food Safety Center issued a refutation yesterday of the rumors that all brands are free of carcinogens that exceed the standards, so you can eat with confidence!
The Hong Kong Consumer Council said in a new monthly edition of The Choice published on the 17th that they tested 15 types of prepackaged infant formula and found that all samples contained chloropropanediol (3-MCPD).
According to reports from the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the European Food Safety Authority, long-term daily excessive intake of 3-MCPD can damage kidney function and affect the male reproductive system.
In addition, the Consumer Council also noted that 3-MCPD exists in the form of 3-MCPDE and the carcinogenic glycidyl (gylcidol) gene exists in the form of glycidyl ethers (GE). In foods such as palm oil and baby food. Dry milk formula, glycidyl alcohol is genotoxic and carcinogenic and is present in foods in the form of glycidyl ethers (GE). In this test, the Consumer Council found GE in 9 samples.
Survey showed that out of 9 samples, 3 were from Wyeth and the product names were "S-26 Gold SMA", "Illuma Infant Formula Milk Powder", "Illuma Soy Protein Infant Infant Milk Milk Powder S-26 Gold Nursoy" . "Soy Protein Powder for Infants".
As for the remaining 6 models, they are Meiji Baby Food, Snow Brand Baby Baby Food, Abbott Similac Isomil Soy Baby Food, and a2 Platinum Premium Baby Food, Nan Pro Infant » by Nestlé. Formula Powder" and "Enfamil Infant Formula" by Mead Johnson.
Among the 9 samples, the highest content is Snow Brand's Smiling Baby Milk powder, which contains 29 micrograms of GE per kilogram.
Seeing this, my treasure parents and my friends were stunned, but pay attention to the spread!
Currently, Hong Kong law does not set a standard for the content of GE in infant formula, and the Codex Alimentarius Commission has not set an upper limit for GE. In 2019, the EU set an upper GE limit for infant formula at 50µg. per kilogram (denoted by epoxy resin. Propanol).
Therefore, all of the above milk powder and toxic substances do not exceed the norm!
Australia The main types of milk powder also came out with clarifications, stating that milk powder can be eaten with confidence.
Choice of powdered milk is very important for a baby,
Everyone should pay attention to the discrimination of information ~
In America, there is a severe shortage of powdered infant formula
The situation with infant formula has become so critical that Senator Tom Cotton has already called it a "national crisis", Congress began an investigation, and President Biden was forced to announce measures to curb the deficit.Photo: wikipedia.org.
Deliveries of infant formula to stores have been so reduced that large retail chains and pharmacies are forced to limit the number of cans "in one hand." For example, CVS and Walgreens only sell three packages of dry mix at a time. According to Datasembly, a company that tracks price indexes and sales of various products, in the first week of May, the lack of milk formula in warehouses across the country was 43% (for comparison, in April - 40%, and in November last year - 11%). Worst of all is the situation with warehouses in the states of Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, Texas and Tennessee. Accordingly, prices rose sharply - by 18%. On eBay, some savvy sellers offer a $200 can of powdered formula, and there are sure to be buyers: in the US, three-quarters of children receive either full or partial formula in their first six months of life. Worst of all are those families whose children, for medical reasons, cannot eat anything other than these mixtures.
Abbott fights bacteria
What caused this crisis? The official version, which we already wrote about: in February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that certain mixtures of Similac (Similac), Alimentum (Alimentum) and EleCare (EleCare) are contaminated with the dangerous bacterium Cronobacter sakazakii, which can lead to death. Four kids were hospitalized, two died. Abbott Nutrition has announced a voluntary recall of some batches of this baby food that was produced at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan (these powdered formulas were found to be contaminated). In early March, several more dry mixes produced at the same plant were recalled due to Salmonella contamination.
Bacteria in baby food is not uncommon. Back in 2004, the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFA) of the World Health Organization revised the International Code of Hygienic Practice for Foods for Infants and Older Children, tightening the requirements, including due to cases of contamination of mixtures with bacteria. A review of Abbott's records shows that the company has had to destroy batches of premixed formulas in the past due to the presence of Cronobacter. In addition, in February, the FDA emphasized that the recall only applies to dry powder from certain batches, and does not apply to liquid infant formula and other baby foods manufactured by Abbott Nutrition. In other words, it is hard to imagine that a temporary shutdown of the production line of several (!) dry mixes at one plant can lead to such a large-scale national crisis. Not to mention the fact that other manufacturing companies were not affected by the recall, and they continue to produce their products.
Furthermore, the company's official statement dated May 11 states: “After careful examination of the situation, there is no evidence that these cases [infant deaths - Ed.] are associated with the consumption of our baby food; the bacterium Cronobacter sakazakii, which was found during testing, was in areas not in contact with products. The bacterial samples found at the plant did not match the strains found in the babies' tests. An Abbott spokesperson also said that all products tested for Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella were negative and that no Salmonella was found at the Sturgis facility during the investigation.
However, the FDA insisted that infant formula was produced in unsanitary conditions, and Abbott's internal records showed that the company destroyed some of its products due to bacteria in the factory. On May 16, Abbot reached an agreement with the FDA that allowed the production lines to restart. The company reportedly acknowledged the unsanitary conditions at the plant and is committed to rectifying the shortcomings. In addition, Abbott has agreed to engage external experts who will develop a plan to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination at the plant and conduct periodic assessments to ensure the company is in compliance. In the event that any products again test positive for bacteria, the company will be required to dispose of them and stop work until the source of infection is eliminated. If Abbott does not comply, it faces $30,000 in damages per day of violation (up to $5 million in annual fines). The terms of the agreement are valid for at least 5 years.
FDA chief Robert Kaliff stated, "The public can be assured that our FDA will do everything possible to ensure that baby food continues to meet safety and quality standards." The agreement between Abbott and the FDA has been approved by the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan. However, it’s too early for parents to rejoice: Abbot said that a restart is possible within two weeks, and mixtures will appear on store shelves no earlier than in 6-8 weeks.
Broken logistics and monopolies
Another reason that is less talked about is disruptions in the supply chain. Everything affects: a critical shortage of labor (which we have already written about more than once), problems with the production of packaging and transportation. All this together affects the production and distribution of goods. According to Datasembly CEO Ben Reich, "the economic situation affects this category of goods more than others."
The crisis has reached such proportions that even the federal authorities were forced to react. On May 12, President Joe Biden met with representatives from Walmart, Target, Reckitt and Gerber to discuss ways to reduce the deficit. He also instructed the Federal Trade Commission to use its powers to monitor allegations of price gouging and the Justice Department to work with state attorneys general to crack down on retailers who took advantage of the situation.
On May 13, the House of Representatives Oversight Committee announced the launch of an investigation into the baby food situation. Letters were sent to all four manufacturers asking them to explain how they plan to handle the crisis and what they are doing to prevent this from happening in the future. In addition, the Committee will also investigate allegations received from consumers of price gouging. The meeting of the Committee on this issue is scheduled for May 26.
At the same time, the recall of goods for one reason or another is a common occurrence. Thousands of medicines and products are withdrawn from sale every year, and yet there is no nationwide crisis, and sellers do not restrict the sale of essential items in the spirit of Soviet trade.
Four large companies now control 90% of America's supply of infant formula: Abbott, Mead Johnson, Gerber and Perrigo Nutritionals. Abbott, which makes Similac, and Mead Johnson, which makes Enfamil, have nearly 80% of the market. Mead Johnson has already stated, “We have taken steps to ramp up production of Enfamil and are currently shipping 50% more products to address consumer concerns as quickly as possible.” Considering how the prices for dry mixes have risen, the crisis is beneficial for all manufacturing companies.
Importing baby food will be easier
Another factor in the crisis is America's regulatory and trade policies. The FDA regulation of infant formula is so strict that most products coming from Europe cannot be bought here due to technical issues such as labeling requirements. There is no question about the quality of European blends: studies have shown that in some respects they can even be better than American ones, because the European Union bans certain types of sugar (for example, corn syrup). The US also restricts the import of formulas that comply with FDA regulations. For large volumes, the import tax for mixtures can exceed 17%. Currently up to 98% of the baby food on the market is made in the USA. And during a crisis, the lack of alternative supplies becomes a rather big problem.
Therefore, for the first time, an unprecedented step is announced - the US intends to increase imports of infant formula in order to reduce the nationwide shortage. Potential importers in the FDA are manufacturers from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the Netherlands. On May 16, the FDA called on foreign manufacturers to apply to import their products into the United States. It is reported (however, without going into details) that the verification process will be "optimized". White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that "priority will be given to applications from those companies most likely to be able to prove product quality and be able to get the most baby food to American stores as quickly as possible." Thus, the advantage will be given to large manufacturing companies, which will be able to quickly cover the shortage that has arisen.
However, even if import applications and related documentation confirming the safety of mixtures are submitted, relatively speaking, tomorrow, it may be weeks before the products reach the stores. Once the application is filed, the FDA will still need to review the baby food to ensure quality control to American standards. The import facilitation policy was adopted as a temporary measure for the next six months.
In the meantime, while parents of toddlers are rushing about in search of baby food, politicians from all sides have decided to use the crisis to their advantage. So, Republican Congresswoman Kat Cammack posted a video on her Facebook account about how the federal authorities send packages of baby food to the border with Mexico: “American stores have empty shelves, there is no shortage at the border.” Cammack said the Biden administration should not put the needs of illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of American citizens. Another Republican politician, Rep. Eliza Stefanik, also said it was "absolutely unacceptable" and drew a parallel with Trump's famous slogan, "America continues to be put last." In turn, Democratic politicians Eric Svolvell and Ruben Gallego accused Eliza of wanting to "starve babies" in border centers where illegal immigrants are detained.
Only one thing can be said with certainty: even with the increase in production and the green light for imports, the situation with the shortage of infant formula will not change in the next couple of weeks.
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