RE: Nestle boycotters.
There's so much incorrect and misleading information on the net and obviously big business is an easy target but here's the correct info.
Nestlé Infant Formula Policy in Developing Countries
• DOES comply with both the letter and the spirit of the World Health Organisation's International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes as well as with national regulations giving effect to the WHO Code when these are stricter
DOES support WHO's global public health recommendation calling for exclusive breastfeeding for six months and introduction of safe and appropriate complementary foods thereafter
DOES encourage continued breast-feeding up to two years or beyond after introduction, after six months of age, of safe and appropriate complementary foods
• DOES warn mothers of the consequences of incorrect or inappropriate use of infant formula (2)
• DOES believe that there is a legitimate market of infant formula (3) when a safe alternative to breast milk is needed
DOES believe that parents have the right to choose how their babies are to be fed on the basis of adequate and objective information
DOES support efforts by governments to implement the International Code through legislation, regulation, or other appropriate measures
DOES NOT advertise or promote infant formula to the public
DOES NOT permit staff whose responsibilities include the marketing of infant formula to make direct contact with mothers, except in response to consumer complaints
DOES NOT use pictures of babies on its infant formula packs
DOES NOT distribute free infant formula samples to mothers
DOES NOT allow educational material relating to the use of infant formula to be displayed publicly in hospitals and clinics
DOES NOT give financial or material incentives to health professionals for the purpose of promoting infant formula
DOES NOT donate free infant formula to health care facilities for use by healthy new born babies. Free infant formula may exceptionally be given to bona fide social welfare institutions upon their request to serve social or humanitarian purposes (e.g. where the government policy allows manufacturers to respond to a specific social request, for example if the mother dies in child birth)
DOES NOT give incentives to its staff based on infant formula sales
• WILL take disciplinary measures against any Nestlé personnel who deliberately violates the policy
Nestlé invites government officials, health professionals, and consumers, to draw to its attention any Nestlé infant formula marketing practices in developing countries which they consider are not in conformity with the above commitment.
(1) All countries in Eastern Europe that are not members of the European Union, and all countries or territories of Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean nations and the Pacific Nations except Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong-Kong.
(2) See overleaf, information printed on all Nestlé infant formula labels, educational materials intended for mothers, and on documentation for health professionals.
(3) Breast-milk substitutes manufactured in accordance with strict international quality standards to be suitable as the sole source of nutrition for a baby during the first 6 months of life, and all follow-on formula that do not have brand/label design distinctly different from infant formula (the International Code does not apply to Weaning Foods, see Code Articles 2, 10.2 and Annex 3).