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WHO lies behind the Nanny superstate?

February 15th, 2010

Surprisingly, legislation that has been around for some twenty years is the catalyst for today’s Daily Mail article “Boots kowtows to Brussels on mothers who bottle feed” and comment “Nanny superstate”, 15 May 2010.


However, it’s disingenuous to imply “politically correct” pressure on new mums to breast feed lies behind EU legislation relating to infant milk formula.


EU rules on advertising and promotions of infant formula have their origins in the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes, which was adopted by the World Health Organisation in 1982.  EU member states, including the UK government, fully backed the WHO principles and pushed to have them included in the European legislation which was adopted in 1991.

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