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As the world's largest baby food company, Nestle increases profits by promoting artificial infant feeding in violation of the World Health Organisation's International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

According to the World Health International Code, Baby food companies may not:

~~promote their products in hospitals, shops or to the general public
~~give free samples to mothers or free or subsidised supplies to hospitals or maternity wards
~~give gifts to health workers or mothers
~~promote their products to health workers: any information provided by companies must contain only scientific and factual matters
~~promote foods or drinks for babies
~~give misleading information
~~There should be no contact between baby milk company sales personnel and mothers.
~~Labels must be in a language understood by the mother and must include a clear health warning.
~~Baby pictures may not be shown on baby milk labels.
~~The labels mus not include language which idealises the use of the product.

NESTLE:
~~provides information to mothers which promotes artificial infant feeding and discourages breastfeeding
~~donates free samples and supplies to health facilities to encourage artificial infant feeding
~~gives inducements to health workers for promoting its products
~~does not provide clear warnings on labels of the benefits of breastfeeding and dangers of artificial feeding. In some cases the labels are in a language that mothers are unlikely to understand
~~In order to sell more of its infant formula in third world countries, Nestle would hire women with no special training and dress them up as nurses to give out free samples of Nestle formula. The free samples lasted long enough for the mother's breast milk to dry up from lack of use. Then mothers would be forced to purchase the formula but, being poor, they would often mix the formula with unsanitary water or 'stretch' the amount of formula by diluting it with more water than recommended. The result was that babies starved all over the Third World while Nestle made huge profits from this predatory marketing strategy.


Nestlй knows that once a bottle has become between a mother and her child breastfeeding is more likely to fail and the company has gained a customer. Because of Nestlй's continued disrespect for the International Code and infant health the best thing you can do is stop purchasing Nestle products.

I, the undersigned, agree not to buy Nestle Products (inlcuding all companies owned by Nestle such as General Mills, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Stouffers, Carnation, etc) until Nestle abides by the letter and spirit of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Subsitutes and subsequent, relevant Resolutions of the World Health Assembly.

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