Press release 15 May 2014
Baby Milk Action, which monitors baby food companies for the multi-platform age. The public interest organisation monitors baby food companies, works for regulations to hold them to account and campaigns against harmful practices.
Mike Brady, Campaigns Coordinator at Baby Milk Action, said:
Increasingly we find people are visting our website on new devices. Our new website design is responsive and so adjusts automatically to the size of the screen, whether it is a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The design is inspired by the new site for the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) – Baby Milk Action is the UK member of IBFAN. We have also changed our logo to make people more aware that Baby Milk Action is IBFAN-UK.
The new site can be found at the domain name http://www.babymilkaction.org/
The previous site remains at http://info.babymilkaction.org/ as an archive, but will not now be updated.
The oldest site from the days when it was written in html code (which used to be on the 'www' address) can now be found at http://archive.babymilkaction.org/
Mike Brady said:
We think it is important that information from the history of our work and the campaign continues to be available.
For further information contact Mike Brady on +44 7986 736179
Opening the door to Business lobbying - what’s wrong with the new WHO policy proposals
EU Member States take the driver’s seat on public health policies:
Nestlé violates EU rules on school sponsorship
Brussels 6th February 2014
Press release 29 January 2014
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints brought by Baby Milk Action against a Danone television advertisement for Cow & Gate baby milks having found it misled parents. Danone subsidiary, Nutricia, has been warned not to repeat the advertisement in the current form. Click here for the ruling on the ASA website.
Baby feeding industry denied, and IBFAN approved, access to WHO’s policy setting process
WHO’s 134th Executive Board, Geneva, 25th January 2014
GAIN, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, will try once again to enter WHO’s policy setting process
WHO 134th Executive Board, Geneva 21st January 2014
Today, at WHO’s 134th Executive Board Meeting (EB), the Standing Committee on NGOs will meet behind closed doors to review entities who are in, or are applying for, official relations with WHO, which allows them to make interventions during meetings when WHO’s global public health policies are formulated.
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In a light-hearted paper published in the Christmas 2013 edition of the British Medical Journal, researchers observed how quickly staff on hospital wards helped themselves to free chocolates. They found that Nestlé chocolates (Quality Street) survived longer than Cadbury chocolates (Roses). Staff in all roles consumed less Nestlé chocolates than Cadbury chocolates. See: http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f7198
The authors did not question why this might be, but the study provides indirect evidence of support for the Nestlé boycott amongst hospital staff. Nestlé is the target of a boycott because of its systematic violation of baby milk marketing requirements around the world and in the UK.
MANILA, The Philippines | 28 November 2013
Joint UNICEF/WHO press release:
BREASTFEEDING IS LIFE-SAVING FOR BABIES IN PHILIPPINES TYPHOON EMERGENCY
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CLICK HERE for a first hand account by Velvet ESCARIO-ROXAS
UN agencies stress need for breastfeeding support to mothers in affected areas – UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today called on those involved in the response to the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children.
Press release 18 September 2013
The Chinese state television news service CCTV has broadcast a report this week claiming: "Danone bribes hospitals to push baby milk". The news breaks as Danone targets health workers at the Maternity, Midwifery and Baby Conference in London on 19 September 2013, where it will be promoting its Cow & Gate and Aptamil formula brands. The organisers of the London conference have been asked if they have ethical criteria for exhibitors, but have declined to comment. Click here to watch the CCTV report. In August it was reported that Chinese authorities fined Danone Dumex, the subsidiary operating in China, US$ 28 million for price fixing, alongside other transnational companies.