Magazine article New Internationalist

Baby Milk Battles

Magazine article New Internationalist

Baby Milk Battles

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Notorious baby milk baddies Nestlé are facing renewed calls for a boycott of their products thanks to the way they promote infant formula - and spy on their critics.

A new report by Save the Children, 'Superfood for babies', documents how companies, including Nestlé and Danone, continue to endanger health. The charity is calling on both companies to increase health warnings that formula is inferior to breast milk.

The use of gifts to health workers is another issue highlighted by the on-the-ground research. In Pakistan, 20 per cent of health professionals surveyed received gifts from baby food companies - over half were Nestlébranded.

In the Philippines, campaigners are trying to stop the weakening of regulations on marketing. The 'Nestlé Monster Bill' could see the reintroduction of promotion of foods for children up to three years of age. According to campaign group Baby Milk Action, corporations have threatened to cancel $400 million of investment if the law does not pass. …

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