In 2015, food chemistry researchers at the Sapienza University of Rome conducted a study to determine whether high temperatures in storage facilities would affect the stability of powdered infant formula. The researchers stored 30 formula samples at four different temperatures and monitored them over the course of a year.
Their findings indicate that there are several scenarios in which the quality of baby formula could become compromised due to improper storage.
- If the formula is stored at unusually high temperatures (ie. 55°C or 131°F) for two weeks or more.
- If the formula has been stored for a significant length of time, ie. beyond the expiration date.
- If the original packaging has been opened.
The researchers found that even when powdered formulas were stored at very warm temperatures (ie. 40°C or 104°F), they still exhibited “good stability of the analyzed products.”
Most importantly, the researchers concluded that it would take an extended period of storage in an extreme and unusual level of heat, such as 55°C (131°F), in order for the fats and oils in infant formula to become susceptible to autoxidation (spontaneous oxidation) and begin to break down.
Based on these findings, we can guarantee that Huggable products are never stored in such a way that would cause them to go bad. Our products are always kept in an environment that is significantly cooler than the temperature threshold suggested by this study. Furthermore, our formula is carefully monitored to ensure that all packaging is intact and that the boxes always have more than six months before their expiration date.