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 April, 2014

Why breastfeeding is still not happening for so many mothers and infants around the world: special focus on Indonesia

Since 2001, WHO bulletin guidelines have stated that babies should be exclusively breastfed until they are six months old and the case for breastfeeding is solid... (Click PDF to see more)

 

May, 2014

Decision on Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition The IBFAN team attended WHA for the first time under its own name as the network had been accepted into Official Relations with WHO in January 2014.... (Click PDF to see more)

 

May, 2014

BTR Press Launch In Geneva, on 16 May, IBFAN-ICDC launched Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules, 2014, (BTR 2014) just days before the start of the World Health Assembly.... (Click PDF to see more)

June, 2014

Whistleblowing: Food Safety and Fraud

As the IBFAN office in charge of Code monitoring, ICDC encourages whistle blowing on the part of Code supporters who volunteer to monitor. Monitoring and disclosure entail certain risks to be undertaken by our monitoring especially when they are monitoring their own work places. Many countries now have laws authorizing whistleblowing..... (Click PDF to see more)

This article produced with the permission of the author, Dr. Tasmine Motarjemi, explores all possibilities for protection of whistleblowers (and where there is virtually none-for example in Switzerland). Dr. Yasmine is a former WHO employee who then went to work on food safety at Nestle. She was let go about 4 years ago (and sued) by Nestle after alerting the management to food safety problems. We are sharing her analysis (which incidentally does not make much reference to her own experience) because we believe it is important for people from companies to speak up and to show civic courage. But unless there is whistleblower protection, we cannot expect many to do so as their livelihoods and sometimes even lives are threatened.

June, 2014

Scottish public health conference cancelled after protest by senior NHS speaker against its commercial sponsor, Nestle

IBFAN-ICDC is opposed to all forms of sponsorship and welcomed the cancellation of a public health conference in Scotland after senior NHS figures objected to the presence of Nestle at the event. The company has been the target of a continuing boycott by IBFAN over its marketing conduct and systematic violation of the International Code and the opposition of UK NHS officials to the Nestle sponsored event is a welcome endorsement of the boycott....(Click PDF to see more)

June, 2014 

From ICDC’s Desk in Penang   What else has ICDC been up to for the first half of 2014? Aside from the hype, hustle and bustle surrounding the launching of the Breaking the Rules and Stretching the Rules 2014 global monitoring report, normal work went on..... (Click PDF to see more)

 

August, 2014

Enforcing the law: Botswana teaches the world Botswana, long ICDC’s model for effective Code-based legislation and held up as such to the rest of the world, has once again demonstrated what can be accomplished when vigilant officials are committed to uphold national laws. Enforcement can be done....(Click PDF to see more)

 

August, 2014

 

India: Nestle fat birds a mistake

From country to country, it is a matter of controversy whether the Nestle logo of two well-fed baby birds next to a mother bird and nest is an idealizing image forbidden by the Code. Breastfeeding advocates argue that the logo is idealizing: Nestle argues that the logo is a product trademark and being the owners of the trademark, they are entitles to use it (a point we disagree on). There is a ban in the Code and in many national laws on idealizing images on labels. Governments have been slow to act on this controversy.

Faced with the long arm of the food safety law in India which prohibits misbranding. Nestle took cover, calling the fat birds a mistake.... (Click PDF to see more)

August, 2014

 

Code Monitoring Training in Malaysia In August 2014, after receiving numerous requests via social media for training on the Code, the World Breastfeeding Alliance (WABA) together with the Persatuan Penyusuan Susu Ibu Malaysia (PPPIM) decided to pull together their resources to organise a Code monitoring course in Kelana Jaya.

September, 2014

Taking the law forward in Myanmar CDC is honoured to be present at the launch of Myanmar Law - the Order of Marketing of Formulated Food for Infants and Young children on 9 September 2014, In Myanmar's Capital, Naypyitaw....(Click PDF to see more)

 

October, 2014

Regional Training Course on Implementing the International Code of
Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes in Jakarta, Indonesia
In October 2014, ICDC was in Jakarta to conduct a Regional Training Course on Implementing the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes. The course was made possible through the support and sponsorship of IBFAN-ASIA and was hosted by Asosiasi Ibu Menyusui Indonesia/Indonesian Lactating Mother Association (AIMI), the main IBFAN member group in Indonesia.

November, 2014 

Nestle illustrates how just like life itself, awards come in a mixed bag False Advertising

There are times when winning an award is not something to be proud of. A German Foodwatch group 'awarded' Nestle, the world's largest food conglomerate and a persistent violator of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes the top false advertising prize on 1 October. The 'winner' was the company's Alete baby food, which the company advertised as rich in calcium and Vitamin D, is actually high in sugar. The 'award' winning product has doctors warning against them for their risk of overfeeding and tooth decay....(Click PDF to see more)

November, 2014

70th Nestle Paediatrics Meeting - Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil

The world's largest food company aims at the paediatrician, hits the mother so as to reach the child.

We received information about a scientific meeting for paediatricians organised by Nestle, for doctors in Ceara (TN: One of the poorest states in Brazil.). And we found out that this has been happening since 1956.....(Click PDF to see more)

 November, 2014

Briefing on Code Monitoring of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes in Port
Dickson, Malaysia

Working with the Ministry of Health Malaysia to Strengthen Code Monitoring Efforts With the support from the Ministry of Health of Malaysia (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia), ICDC had the pleasure to conduct a ‘Briefing on Code Monitoring of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes’ at Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan from 10 to 12 November 2014.

 

November, 2014

ICDC Director Annelies Allain speaks at ENAM

The Encontro Nacional de Aleitamento Materno (ENAM) or National
Breastfeeding Encounter, in Brazil, is held every two years and brings together
breastfeeding advocates and Code activists from all over the country.

 

November, 2014

 Vietnam Nov 2014

Following our previous announcement about the brand new law in Myanmar, IBFAN-ICDC is very pleased to announce that after more than two years of supporting the Vietnamese government, the Prime Minister of Vietnam signed a new Decree [100/2014/NDCP] on 5 November 2014, to give effect to the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. The new Decree replaces the previous Decree 21, and we have been informed by UNICEF Vietnam staff,  with whom we collaborated closely,  that the new Decree is now fully in line with the International Code and subsequent World Health Assembly Resolutions .

 December, 2014

ICDC at One Asia Breastfeeding Partners Forum Immediately after ICDC’s IBFAN-ASIA training in Jakarta, ICDC’s Director, Annelies Allain, was invited to give a presentation at the 10th One Asia Breastfeeding Partners Forum, hosted by the Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam and organised by IBFAN Asia.
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