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Milk Formula reduces infant eczema by 60 percent

Published: 16:00 31.07.2006 GMT+2 /HUGIN /Source: Numico Research /AEX: NUM /ISIN: NL0000375616

Study shows Numico Infant Milk Formula reduces infant eczema by 60 percent

Wageningen, 31 July 2006 - Breast milk is the best nutrition for infants. For those mothers who cannot breastfeed, Numico Research has developed a baby milk that strengthens the infant's immune system and reduces the risk of infections and diarrhoea.

A clinical trial with this formula, performed by Prof.dr. G. Moro of the renowned Macedonia Melloni Maternity Hospital in Milan, concludes that infants receiving Numico's proprietary prebiotic infant formula show 60 percent less eczema compared with a classical HA-formula. Eczema is the most common infant allergy.

More than 20 percent of all children are affected by allergies and the incidence has been steadily increasing over the past decades. Among infants with eczema, 75 percent will develop hay fever and half of these children will go on to develop asthma in later life.
Based on the composition of breast milk, Numico Research has developed a proprietary prebiotic mixture of oligosaccharides that delivers the key benefits of breast milk for the development of the infant immune system. This specific prebiotic mixture is patent- protected.

The results of the study by Prof.dr. G. Moro have been published in the online version of the renowned British medical journal, Archives of Disease in Childhood (Arch Dis Child. Published Online First: 27 July 2006 doi: 10.1136/adc.2006.098251).

Royal Numico is a high-growth, high-margin specialised nutrition company with leading positions in Baby Food and Clinical Nutrition and brings products to the market under the brand names Nutricia, Milupa, Cow & Gate, Mellin, Dumex, Nutrilon, Aptamil, SGM, Bebelac, Bobovita, Malutka among others. The company serves customers in over 100 countries and employs approximately 11,000 people (see also: www.numico.com). Numico Research B.V. is dedicated to developing innovative products that allow the Baby Food and Clinical Nutrition divisions to deliver products for a better, healthier life.

For any questions you might have, please contact:

Royal Numico N.V. Corporate Communications
tel. +31 20 456 9077

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