Perrigo Gains FDA Clearance To Manufacture Three Codex-Compliant Infant Formulas To Meet Growing Demand From International Markets

ALLEGAN, Mich., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company PRGO today announced that its infant formula division has gained FDA clearance to manufacture three new infant formula products. These new formulas are also compliant with the Codex Alimentarius Commission, established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to set international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of consumers and ensuring fair trade practices globally.

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Perrigo Nutritionals will be producing these FDA-cleared Codex Stage 1 milk-based infant formulas, Codex Stage 2 milk-based infant formula, and Codex Stage 2 milk-based infant formula with ethyl vanillin flavoring, in its ISO 9001:2008 certified infant formula facility in Vermont, U.S.A. Formerly owned by Wyeth and PBM Nutritionals, the facility has been producing infant formula for more than 25 years.  Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of store brand infant formula in the world and currently supplies formulas to customers in 23 countries.

Perrigo Chairman, President and CEO Joseph C. Papa stated, "Perrigo Nutritionals will be producing these three Codex formulas for existing customers and intends to sell them to future customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.  Many international markets are requesting that infant formulas imported into their countries be cleared for the United States market by FDA and sold in the countries where they are manufactured. Our formulas have been nourishing millions of infants around the world and we are pleased to meet this emerging need with these three new Codex infant formulas."

From its beginnings as a packager of generic home remedies in 1887, Allegan, Michigan-based Perrigo Company has grown to become a leading global provider of quality, affordable healthcare products. Perrigo develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and generic prescription (Rx) pharmaceuticals, infant formulas, nutritional products, dietary supplements and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). The Company is the world's largest manufacturer of OTC pharmaceutical products for the store brand market. The Company's primary markets and locations of logistics operations have evolved over the years to include the United States, Israel, Mexico, the United Kingdom, India, China and Australia. Visit Perrigo on the Internet (  For more information on Perrigo infant formula, visit

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