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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Infants

Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age

Updated on 04/08/2016

Keywords : Infants, Infant botulism

Infant botulism is a rare disease, occurring in children under one year of age. Resistant forms (spores) of the bacteria responsible for this disease (Clostridium botulinum) can be found in dust and some soils. Carried by bees, the spores can then be found in honey. As a result of increased cases of infant botulism since 2004, the Agency emphasises that, irrespective of its origin, honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. 

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