On August 8, 2018, Japan introduced new standards for liquid infant formula under the Food Sanitation Act. As a result, liquid infant formula is now permitted for manufacture and sale in Japan whereas only powdered infant formula was previously allowed. Imported whey powder used for the production of liquid infant formula will likely enter under a special tariff-rate quota.
Until now, the absence of official government standards for liquid infant formula in Japan prevented its production and sale in the country.
A study by Ausnutria Hyproca and research institute Triskelion (formerly known as TNO), shows that the kinetics of protein digestion of Kabrita goat milk infant formula is more comparable to that of human milk.
In the study, a dynamic in vitro digestion model (Tiny-TIM) was used to simulate the conditions in the stomach and small intestine of infants (1-6 months of age). Three samples (human milk, a cow milk infant formula and Kabrita goat milk infant formula) were tested. Results show that kinetics of protein digestion of Kabrita infant formula is similar to that of human milk, while protein digestion of the cow milk infant formula is delayed in comparison to human milk and Kabrita infant formula. The protein quality is not different among the three tested samples. The potential benefits of these results need further investigation.