Nestlé baby milk scandal has grown up but not gone away

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In an incident in , weevils and fungus were found in Cerelac baby food. In cinemas soon — sign up for information on screening dates. Retrieved 9 June Henri Nestlé retired in but the company, under new ownership, retained his name as Société Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé. However, Nestlé's management responded quickly, streamlining operations and reducing debt.

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But I have to acknowledge Brabeck's efforts to get business and governments to work together to manage and protect the world's vital water resources. However, for Nestlé and the rest of the global food industry, the baby milk scandal has grown up rather than gone away.

The industry today stands accused of harming the health of whole nations, not just their babies. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has committed his own money to a campaign against unhealthy food, comparing this to his fight against the tobacco industry. What started as skirmish in the nursery is turning into full-scale war on many fronts. While the diseases are now obesity, diabetes and heart disease, the issues about the food industry's responsibility remain the same: Children and young adults may get fat because they do not get enough exercise.

But if they are offered and encouraged to "choose" super-saturated fat diets, dosed with excessive salt and drinks laced with multiple sugars, can the industries that produce and promote those products absolve themselves from the ugly outcomes?

Back in the s, the Swiss judge ruled to the contrary. Today public and political opinion is again swinging in that direction. Important questions are being raised in discussions about the new global development goals to be adopted when the UN's current Millennium Development Goals 'expire' in Should sustainable development goals focus on the unsustainable and unhealthy lifestyles of the rich as well as on the plight and basic needs of the poor?

As the world searches for better measures of development than gross domestic product GDP , counting dead babies remains an important indicator. But if infant mortality was a stark indicator of poor infant feeding practices in the s, gross obesity is a parallel indicator of poor nutrition today.

And action to control the products and marketing of large food companies are an obvious means to improve people's health. So the spectre of global regulation still looms, an existential issue for the global food companies.

But there will need to be more explicit codes of practice and the political will to enforce them if shareholder action is to be effective. If global companies are to produce and promote healthier food and treat their suppliers more fairly and remain market leaders, such standards must also be enforced or cheap unregulated competition will inevitably undermine those who comply. Update 46 and Boycott News newsletter: Nestlé Boycott page on Facebook — click here to become a fan and invite your friends.

As well as boycott materials, our online Virtual Shop has resources for health workers and mother-support groups to provide independent and accurate information. In truth, babies fed on formula are more likely to become sick than breastfed babies and, in conditions of poverty, more likely to die. The World Health Organisation says: Nestlé targets pregnant women, mothers of babies and young children and health workers to promote its products and boost its sales. Nestlé also puts babies who need to be fed on formula at risk.

It refuses to warn on labels that powdered formula is not sterile and may contain harmful bacteria and does not give correct instructions on how to reduce the risks — unless forced to by law as in the UK, where it markets the SMA brand. It also takes the lead in undermining regulations implementing the marketing standards.

It is now rivalled by Danone, the second biggest company, as a source of violations. Danone is targeted with the DanoNO campaign. See our briefing on Nestlé for examples of Nestlé marketing practices, with images, links and references.

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