FDA: Breast milk banks can stay unregulated

December 7, 2010 2:31:10 PM PST
The federal government says breast milk banks can remain unregulated for now.

The FDA has become concerned that the possible risks of some donated breast milk could outweigh the benefits.

It warned parents in a notice last week not to casually use breast milk from unscreened mothers because of the risk of disease or contamination from bacteria, drugs or chemicals.

The FDA is weighing whether to step in and regulate such banks just as it does the infant formula industry

But an FDA panel says, overall, donor banks seem to be regulating themselves well. But further studies are needed.