Code Related

Closely following the footsteps of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) for turning away sponsorship from formula companies, it was announced on 18th March, 2019 that the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and their sister publications will no longer publish advertisements from baby formula companies. ...

When the Hong Kong Code of Marketing of Formula Milk and Related Products and Foods for Infants and Young Children (HK Code) was by the Department of Health in Hong Kong in June 2017, ICDC pointed out its inherent weakness.  The HK Code is voluntary by nature and despite its extensive scope, it is unenforceable. There are no sanctions for non-compliance. Prompted by the recent Lactalis formula milk recall (1) in 83 countries, an open letter (2) published in the South China Morning Post reveals that even though the Hong Kong Code includes provisions requiring labels on infant formula for babies...

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....

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....

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....