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International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes: How effective has it been in preventing corporate malpractice?

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23 February 2004

Can International Standards Prevent Corporate Malpractice? The Case of Baby Food

Author: Mike Brady, Campaigns and Networking Coordinator of Baby Milk Action, OneWorld Guest Editorial

Despite the WHA’s [World Health Assembly's] adoption of the code [International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes], however, the industry has continued to attempt to use its economic and political influence to undermine the provisions...Now IBFAN has published its report, "Using International Tools to Stop Corporate Malpractice: Does it Work?", on how effective the code has been. [refers to Nestlé]

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1 January 2004

[PDF] Using international tools to stop corporate malpractice - does it work? Checks and balances in the global economy

Author: International Baby Food Action Network

Concern about the sometimes-fatal effects of the marketing practices of companies that manufacture and distribute breastmilk substitutes led to the first international measure to regulate the activities of a whole industry sector at a global level...In all countries the industry has lobbied for narrow implementation of the Code [International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes] and Resolutions, preferably as a voluntary code, rather than in binding legislation, and has attempted to influence government policy setting with tactics such as sponsoring the research on which policy is based and the health worker bodies represented on government committees. [refers to Nestlé, Mead Johnson, Gerber, Wyeth, Johnson & Johnson, Wockhardt]

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1 May 1996

[PDF] Nestlé's Infant Formula Charter Policy

Author: Nestlé

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