October 2017

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On 14 October 2017, the newspaper El Mercurio reported that Chile’s Comptroller’s Office has ordered the Undersecretary of Health, Jaime Burrows, to repay the expense on purchasing excessive milk formula (“starter formula”) for a pilot programme that distributes starter formula. According to a report from the Comptroller’s Office, 96,000 cans of starter formula were purchased in 2015 when only 9,000 were needed....

On 12 October 2017, IBFAN will be 38 years old. Created in 1979 when no-one knew what a Network was… And we have survived and flourished by maintaining that flexible, horizontal networking structure....

IBFAN expresses serious concerns about a new Code monitoring initiative, the Global Monitoring Mechanism (GMM), funded by the Gates Foundation (BMGF) and facilitated by the Meridian Institute. The monitoring initiative is framed as a multi-stakeholder partnership that includes corporations, including baby food companies....

Supported by UNICEF, ICDC consultants embarked on a mission to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in August to provide technical support to the National Department of Health (NDoH) on the review and revision of the Baby Feed Supplies Control Act (the Act). The Act was adopted in 1977, predating the International Code. Amended in 1984, it serves to restrict purchasing of baby feed supplies (which consist of feeding-bottles, teats, and dummies). The Act also prohibits advertising that intends to encourage bottle-feeding....

According to a report from the chinese Legal Weekly (11/7/2017) six employees from Nestlé China including the regional manager, have been convicted for illegally obtaining patients’ personal information from hospitals in Lan Zhou, capital of Gansu province. To gain market share, the employees also sent samples of baby formula to hospitals for the purpose of passing them on to parents of new-born babies, a practice forbidden by Chinese regulations. Bribed health workers served as intermediaries....

As part of the celebration of the 50th Founding Anniversary of the ASEAN, the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines hosted the 2017 ASEAN Breastfeeding Forum and Hakab Na (Latch Now)! on 3 to 5 August 2017 in the City of Manila. The theme of the event was “ASEAN Ugnayan (Connection): One Community Promoting, Supporting, and Protecting Breastfeeding.” DOH believes that human development—specific to the health of infants and young children—has to be addressed to guarantee continued progress of the ASEAN. ...

In April 2017, the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand passed the Control of Marketing of Infant and Young Child Food Act.  This Law gives effect to the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent WHA resolutions and was a process that took almost 20 years to culminate. IBFAN-ICDC which started working with the Thai breastfeeding groups since the early 1980s can attest to the hard work and commitment that those involved put into the travails of law making....

In June 2017, the regulatory body on free markets in Ecuador imposed a fine exceeding USD 157,000 on the local Nestlé branch. This sanction was imposed for the unauthorised use of the name and emblem of the Ministry of Health of Ecuador on a leaflet about breastmilk substitutes....

Instead of protecting breastfeeding and infant health, Singapore seems more concerned about a surge in formula prices. Just recently, a detailed investigation into formula milk prices by the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) was widely reported in the media in Singapore . The report released by CCS called for a halt on aggressive marketing tactics of formula milks....