Food Programme

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Investigating every aspect of the food we eat


The Secret Formula

January 26th, 2015

Episode 505 of 621 episodes

With one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in Europe, many parents in the UK feed their babies formula milk. But what's actually in it? Sheila Dillon discovers why it's an industry steeped in science and secrecy as well as controversy. Journalist Ella McSweeney reports from a lab to explain how its made and why formula is at the heart of Ireland's ambition to become a powerful global food player. Producer: Ruth Sanderson.