Product Safety and Quality
Nestlé and Gerber are fully committed to product safety and quality. We back this commitment with strict ingredient and finished product specifications and multiple quality control tests, to ensure that our products comply with regulatory requirements and are unquestionably safe for babies.
Only high-quality ingredients
All of the ingredients in GERBER infant formula, foods and beverages are high quality. As part of our Ingredient Qualification Program, we work with only a select group of suppliers who meet Nestlé’s rigorous standards.
Plus, the Nestlé Quality Control Program verifies the presence and proper levels of 29 essential nutrients in every batch of GERBER®
infant formulas as a condition of release along with other critical quality parameters such as sensory and microbiological testing. We ensure that nutrient levels are correct, appropriate, and meet all regulatory standards before our products reach the shelf.
Our strict standards
We work hard to make sure we meet all the latest food safety, quality, and regulatory standards for our products, ingredients, and packaging. To ensure that we meet our consumers’ expectations for quality and safety, we often set our internal standards higher than those of the US Food and Drug Administration.
Partnership with our key suppliers is important to assure safety and quality. We work closely with ingredient and packaging suppliers to communicate Nestlé’s high expectations—and to ensure that our suppliers conform to our strict quality and food safety guidelines. We also specifically outline transportation and delivery procedures to confirm the safety and quality of ingredients prior to use in our products.
When ingredients arrive at our manufacturing locations, they are carefully inspected to assure us that they meet our requirements. Once they are accepted into our facilities, we can trace their use through each step of the manufacturing process.
Healthy foods begin with healthy ingredients
Healthy product design begins with healthy ingredients, and limits or avoids ingredients that add calories but little nutrition. Nestlé uses both government and internal standards to help shape product design, and we assess our products annually to identify opportunities for further innovation and renovation. Our strict criteria guide all product development and are based on the research and recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine.
We also evaluate our foods to ensure developmental appropriateness—making sure they are the right size, shape, and texture for each developmental stage. The world’s leading safety experts at Intertek test our baby foods in accordance with advanced safety protocols.
Gerber is backed by Nestlé’s rigorous nutrition research. We believe that science can help us make better products for babies to get them off to a good start.
With 24 research technology centers worldwide, Nestlé has the largest food research and development network of any food company. The Nestlé Research Center, based near Lausanne, Switzerland, is the world’s largest private facility for nutrition-related research. Fremont, Michigan, is home to one of Nestlé’s Product Technology Centers and is the global center of excellence for all Nestlé baby food, meals, and drinks.
Nestlé’s Worldwide Research & Development network provides three fundamental areas of benefits for parents: safety and quality; nutrition and health; and taste, texture, and convenience.
How Research Benefits Your Children
Nestlé and Gerber have helped achieve many nutrition breakthroughs. In 2007, Nestlé introduced the first infant formula in the United States with probiotics—beneficial B. Lactis
cultures like those found in breastmilk—designed to support a baby’s healthy immune system. We also reformulated GERBER®
products for toddlers by reducing trans fats, reducing the sodium content, and using healthier fat sources.
Doctors and Taste Testers
For many years we’ve worked closely with pediatricians, pediatric psychologists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists to develop comprehensive knowledge of what’s developmentally appropriate for young children to eat.
In 2003, along with our scientific and medical team, we established the Gerber Feeding Development Model. This ensures that we provide a wide array of baby foods that are the right sizes, textures, and shapes to encourage the development of proper feeding skills in young children at each developmental stage. As we learn new information, we continue to modify and revise this model.
We want to know how well babies like our foods, so we use a panel of 2,000 babies to taste test our products. Because no matter how healthy a baby food is, it won’t be eaten unless it tastes good. Carefully watching our little taste-testers also helps us to understand how we can improve our products to be appropriate for young children’s stages of development.
Research is a key part of our heritage and an essential element for our future. We know there’s still much to discover about the role of food in our lives, and we continue to search for answers that deliver Nestlé’s promise of Good Food, Good Life™.