Little Étoile Organic Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Our pouches are Australian Certified Organic (ACO). ACO Australia’s largest certifier of organic and biodynamic produce. Being responsible for more than half of the world’s organic produce, Australia has some of the most stringent testing requirements in the world for acquiring organic certification, and ACO holds international accreditation for standards of integrity, impartiality and objectivity.

A recent US study testing 168  different brands of  baby foods,  found toxic heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium) in 95% of  the  products  analysed¹. What about organic? Unfortunately, you can’t trust that if a product is organic it won’t contain heavy metals, heavy metals occur naturally in the environment and certain fruits and vegetables absorb more than others during the growing process, either through the soil or water. Infants are especially sensitive to toxins, so it is important to minimise exposure where possible, as overtime they can build up in the body and affect the growing brain. While it is not a regulation to test for heavy metals, we are committed to producing the safest baby food possible and therefore we voluntary test every single batch of Little Etoile Organic for mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium. 1. Jane Houlihan, MSCE, and Charlotte Brody, RN, Healthy Babies Bright Future (2019). What’s in my baby’s food? A national investigation finds 95 percent of baby foods tested contain toxic chemicals that lower babies’ IQ, including arsenic and lead. Healthy Babies Bright Futures. Available at https://www.healthybabyfood.org/sites/healthybabyfoods.org/files/2019-10/BabyFoodReport_FULLREPORT_ 2. Brian P. Jackson et al. (2012). Arsenic, Organic Foods, and Brown Rice Syrup, Environmental Health Perspectives, volume 120, issue 5, 2012, pages 623–626, ISSN 0091-6765, doi 10.1289/ehp.1104619 on.

Although allergies don’t affect every infant or toddler, for the 1 in 10 who are affected², it’s a scary and often life-threatening condition, which is why we consider risk prevention and clear food labelling a mandatory aspect of our role in food safety. It is important to introduce allergens to babies one at a time, in a controlled way. By choosing ‘allergen-friendly’ your baby is only exposed to allergens in a safe and controlled environment. 1. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) (2019). Food Allergy. Available at https://www.allergy.org.au/images/pcc/ASCIA_PCC_Food_Allergy_2019.pdf

Once opened, refrigerate at 1-4°C and use within 2 days.

Fruit acids such as citric acid and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) are naturally occurring in fruits. We add these into our pouches to naturally preserve the fruit purees and ensure they keep fresh (just like you would add a squeeze of lemon to an avocado to keep it from browning).

Our recipes are predominantly free from added sugar and use the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables where possible. The only variety with a touch of sugar added is our Vanilla Custard, as this pouch is designed as a dessert, not an every day food we added a small amount of sugar to balance the flavours and make the most tasty vanilla custard that babies love!

Yes, our pouches are free from BPA and phthalates.

We test each batch after the heat treating process to ensure nutrients are retained after the process. While some small losses do occur due to heat treating, the nutrients still remain in high concentrations.

We are Australian products manufactured with Halal Ingredients in compliance with Halal processes by the Australian Halal Food Services