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Kirin to mass-produce baby formula sweetener in Thailand

Oligosaccharides found in mother's milk will be made at $67m plant

The oligosaccharides, which make up about 10% of the nutrient components in human breast milk, offer benefits to the immune system.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese beverage and pharmaceuticals group Kirin Holdings will spend roughly 7 billion yen ($66.8 million) in Thailand to produce sugars that increasingly are added to infant formula to mimic the components of mother's milk.

The group has developed technology to mass-produce human milk oligosaccharides, or HMOs, which are found naturally in breast milk and offer benefits including to the immune system.

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