Omya has developed a natural calcium designed to fortify baby food applications

March 25, 2020

Omya (Oftringen, Switzerland) has introduced Calcipur, a natural source of calcium for use in baby food applications. Calcipur contains approximately 40% elemental calcium and its high stability makes it well suited to boost the calcium content of a variety of finished products such as baby milk powder, ready to use infant drinks, cereals, and biscuits.

The ingredient is available in two grades of calcium carbonate particles – 115-KP and 95-KP – to provide ideal enhancement of infant formulas. Calcipur also meets USP, FCC, and E170 purity requirements. Low impurity means that the ingredient contains levels of aluminum and cadmium well below reference values, and less than 0.5 ppm of lead.

Because of its high calcium content and bioavailability, compared to other products, five times less Calcipur is required to obtain the same calcium dose. Its fine particle size also helps prevent sedimentation and negative impact on mouthfeel. This also makes it ideal for ease of processing as an effective anti-caking aid for powders, reducing dusting, and helping correct pH-values.