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LAST DAY OF Consultation on new MDGs - new deadline 10th January


If you agree that breastfeeding should be specifically mentioned in the next Millennium Development Goals please make a submission - however short - to  an online consultation that ends  10th January.  Follow this link  Contributions can be posted on the consultation website(www.fao.org/fsnforum/post-2015) or sent to fsn-moderator@fao.org and are welcome in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese.

IBFAN's submission is HERE

Help stop unethical research in Indonesia

STOP PRESS:  We understand that this research is to stop.  Thanks to all those who supported this campaign


Please help stop the industry funded research about to start in Indonesia entitled  "Effect in Using Formula Composed with Cow's Milk Fat, Enriched with Mixed Fats & Added Fosfolipid on Duration & Infection in Babies' Digestive and Respiratory System"

 Click HERE 

The protection of infant and young child health in Brazil

IBFAN has written to the Her Excellency, Dilma Roussef, DD President of Brazil, about the  Regulation of Law 11265/2006 which protects infants from the unethical commercial promotion of products that undermine breastfeeding practices.

The link to one of the letters  is HERE

The interesting article in the Guardian about the  tour of the Nestle ship  is HERE

Rapid Responses on the BMJ: Lack of transparency in the Business of malnutrition

Join the ongoing discussion in the BMJ about Veena Rao's personal opinion piece entitled, "Law on infant foods inhibits the marketing of complementary foods for infants, furthering undernutrition in India" click HERE   Following our complaint the  BMJ has published the following correction:  "In this online Personal View (BMJ 2012;345:e8131, doi:10.1136/bmj.e8131) the author, Veena Rao, did not declare any competing interests. She has now told us that she has been “a member of the Advisory Board on the Britannia Nutrition Foundation (a non-profit trust) since 2009.” The website of the foundation is at www.britannia.co.in/bnf/index.html.   Ms Rao has submitted a further comment but fails to mention that Britannia Nutrition Foundation is funded by Brittania Industries Ltd. 


IBFAN Comments on SUN

IBFAN's  Discussion Paper on the  Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative - outlining our concerns about the role of businesses and why we cannot be part of SUN has been posted onto the SUN wesbite here  just above a link to the launch of the SUN Business network 

Cross Branding - how this can harm infant and young child health

Cross Branding - how this can harm  infant and young child health

A  BMJ study looked at the impact of idealised images and cross branding (in this case Nestlé's  Mother and Baby bear logo on coffee creamer )  in LAOS  one of the world's  poorest countries.  It s relevant and pertinent to the ongoing discussions in Codex. 

34th Codex Nutrition meeting Germany

The Codex meeting is taking place in Bad Soden, nr Frankfurt in Germany


Important development in EU rules on baby food marketing

I have been attending an EU Food Law meeting this week on The Revision of the PARNUTs Directive  - it was attended by all the major companies. 

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