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International Nestlé-Free Week

Oct 31

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Baby Milk Action is calling “for those who don’t boycott to give it a go” this Nestlé-Free Week, 30 October - 5 November 2017


2017 marks 40 years since the first Nestlé boycott was launched in the USA over the marketing of baby milk. This year, they are asking existing boycotters to spread the word by tweeting #nestlefreeweek and emailing Nestlé demanding change.

Campaigners argue that baby milk marketing by Nestlé still contributes to hundreds of deaths each year. According to the World Health Organisation, babies who are breastfed are more likely to survive than those fed on formula milk.

Optimum breastfeeding between the ages of 0-23 months could prevent the deaths of 800,000 children under five each year. Baby Milk Action suggests that Nestlé’s marketing disregards these facts, mis-selling baby formula products as the superior choice.


Image: Baby Milk


“Nestlé targets pregnant women, mothers of babies and young children, and health workers to promote its products and boost its sales … Nestlé also puts babies who need to be fed on formula at risk. It refuses to warn on labels that powdered formula is not sterile”.

The campaign group is encouraging consumers to email Nestlé throughout the boycott week and demand that it removes ‘gentle start’, ‘comfortis’ and ‘protects’ labels from products.

It also hopes to share recent criticism of Nestlé’s lobbying practices. Nestlé claims to comply with WHO guidance on the marketing of formula milk “as implemented by national governments”, but critics point out that in many countries such guidance is not ‘implemented’ at all.

The group says Nestlé is now lobbying for the relaxation of laws in the Philippines, where a proposed bill would allow the advertisement of formula for children over six months of age. The bill has been condemned by the Department of Health, WHO and UNICEF.


Five Nestle products to boycott and alternatives to buy instead:


Table: Nestle



For more information on how you can be involved in the week visit the Baby Milk Action website and to download the app to scan for Nestlé ownership. 


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