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The company had already recalled Maggi. Nestlé India had quickly responded with test results of its own showing that its noodles were absolutely safe. It is a partnership of government agencies, businesses, non profit organisations and knowledge institutions, making commitments to action. The food-safety commissioner of Uttar Pradesh had called on officers to spend the week raiding supermarkets. Re-Poly — Insight, Integrity, and Ingenuity. Some universities, colleges, and schools have banned the sale of Nestlé products from their shops and vending machines in the period since the revelations.

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Groups such as the International Baby Food Action Network IBFAN and Save the Children argue that the promotion of infant formula over breastfeeding has led to health problems and deaths among infants in less economically developed countries. Advocacy groups and charities have accused Nestlé of unethical methods of promoting infant formula over breast milk to poor mothers in developing countries. IBFAN also allege that Nestlé uses "humanitarian aid" to create markets, does not label its products in a language appropriate to the countries where they are sold, and offers gifts and sponsorship to influence health workers to promote its products.

Nestlé attempted to sue the publisher of a German-language translation Third World Action Group entitled "Nestlé tötet Babies" for libel. After a two-year trial, the court found in favour of Nestlé because they could not be held responsible for the infant deaths 'in terms of criminal law'. In May , the US Senate held a public hearing into the promotion of breast milk substitutes in developing countries and joined calls for a Marketing Code.

In , WHO and UNICEF hosted an international meeting that called for the development of an international code of marketing, as well as action on other fronts to improve infant and early child feeding practices.

The Code covers infant formula and other milk products, foods and beverages, when marketed or otherwise represented to be suitable as a partial or total replacement of breast milk. It bans the promotion of breast milk substitutes and gives health workers the responsibility for advising parents.

It limits manufacturing companies to the provision of scientific and factual information to health workers and sets forth labeling requirements.

In , boycott coordinators met with Nestlé, which agreed to implement the code, and the boycott was officially suspended.

In IBFAN alleged that formula companies were flooding health facilities in the developing world with free and low-cost supplies, and the boycott was relaunched the following year. Nestlé claimed in an anti-boycott advertisement that it markets infant formula "ethically and responsibly".

The ASA found that Nestlé could not support this nor other claims in the face of evidence provided by the campaigning group Baby Milk Action. Nestlé declined an invitation to attend, claiming scheduling conflicts, although it sent a representative of the auditing company it had commissioned to produce a report on its Pakistan operation. Alongside the boycott, campaigners work for implementation of the Code and Resolutions in legislation, and claim that 60 countries have now introduced laws implementing most or all of the provisions.

Some universities, colleges, and schools have banned the sale of Nestlé products from their shops and vending machines in the period since the revelations. Nestlé claims that it is in full compliance with the International Code. If we find that the Code has been deliberately violated, we take disciplinary action. In May , the debate over Nestlé's unethical marketing of infant formula was relaunched in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mark Thomas attempted to find evidence for claims against Nestlé and to speak to heads of the company. In one portion of the show he "received a tin of baby milk from Mozambique. All instructions are in English. Portuguese is the official language.

A article in The Guardian highlighted aggressive marketing practices by Nestlé in Bangladesh. The Council of Canadians , a social action organization, launched a boycott in September in response to the company outbidding a small town aiming to secure a long-term water supply through a local well, stressing the need for bottled water industry reform as the country battles drought and depletion of ground water reserves.

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