DUBLIN, June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO; TASE), today announced it has received final U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") clearance for three milk-based, store brand non-GMO infant formulas. Shipments to retail customers have already commenced.
Perrigo introduced non-GMO formulas for consumers who prefer non-GMO versions of existing products. The non-GMO infant formulas are produced using ingredients that have not been genetically engineered and are nutritionally comparable to nationally advertised brands. As indicated on the product labels, parents can compare Store Brand:
- Infant Non-GMO to the nutrition of Enfamil® Infant Non-GMO. †
- Advantage® Non-GMO to the nutrition of Similac® Advance® Non-GMO. †
- Sensitivity® Non-GMO to the nutrition of Similac Sensitive® Non-GMO. †
Perrigo's CEO, John T. Hendrickson stated, "We know that today's millennial mom is more demanding than ever. Whether she chooses conventional, non-GMO, or organic infant formulas, Perrigo is committed to providing her with a safe, high quality, and nutritious infant formula to meet her baby's needs for growth and development."
In less than a year, the nationally advertised brands Enfamil® and Similac® introduced more than ten non-GMO infant formulas in the United States. Non-GMO infant formulas typically cost up to 15 percent more than conventional formulas. According to IRI data, sales of non-GMO infant formulas already exceed $45 million. Store Brand non-GMO infant formulas can save parents more than 45 percent versus nationally advertised brands.**
Prominent medical and regulatory agencies, including the FDA, vigorously review genetically engineered ingredients and foods for safety. Genetically engineered food ingredients have safely been used in food production for more than 30 years. Conventional formulas, as well as non-GMO and organic formulas, offer complete nutrition and meet the same FDA safety and quality standards.
Perrigo is a leading U.S. manufacturer and supplier of infant formula. The company's ISO 9001:2008-certified, cGMP facilities are inspected annually by the FDA and based in the U.S.A. Dairy ingredients are sourced from leading dairy markets, including the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.
For information on non-GMO formula, visit http://www.babyformula.com/non-gmo/.
Perrigo Company plc, a top five global over-the-counter ("OTC") consumer goods and pharmaceutical company, offers patients and customers high quality products at affordable prices. From its beginnings in 1887 as a packager of generic home remedies, Perrigo, headquartered in Ireland, has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of OTC products and supplier of infant formulas for the store brand market. The Company is also a leading provider of generic extended topical prescription products and receives royalties from Multiple Sclerosis drug Tysabri®. Perrigo provides Quality Affordable Healthcare Products® across a wide variety of product categories and geographies primarily in North America, Europe, and Australia, as well as other markets, including Israel, China and Latin America. Visit Perrigo online at (http://www.perrigo.com).
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* Non-GMO means the ingredients were not genetically engineered.
† Enfamil® is a registered trademark of Mead Johnson & Co. Similac®, Advance® and Similac Sensitive® are registered trademarks of Abbott Laboratories. OptiGRO™ is a trademark of Abbott Laboratories. Store Brand Infant Formulas are not made by or affiliated with Mead Johnson & Co. or Abbott Laboratories. Store Brand Advantage® and Sensitivity® Infant Formulas do not contain the identical proprietary ingredient blend of prebiotics, patented levels of nucleotides, lutein, and lycopene in Similac® Advance® and Similac Sensitive®.
**Total savings with Store Brand Infant Formula calculations based on a price per fl. oz. comparison of Store Brand Infant Formulas and their comparable national brands. Retail prices are from an April 2016 retail price survey of assorted stores. Actual prices and savings may vary by store and location.
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