Navigation Links
Milk Firms in Philippines Violate Breastfeeding Code: WHO

Infant milk formula firms in the Philippines are violating a law that bars them from promoting their product as a substitute for breastfeeding, World Health Organization officials said Wednesday.

The government and the milk companies are currently battling it out in the Supreme Court over the legality of a law that restricts the marketing of infant formula in a business worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

"All the companies in one way or another violate the national code and the international code as well," Alessandro Iellamo from the WHO Philippines office, told a press conference. In Asia, the Philippines and Palau both bar companies from marketing infant formula as a breast milk substitute for babies under the age of one.

This is in line with an international code established by the WHO and the UN children's agency UNICEF about 25 years ago. WHO regional director Shigeru Omi said failure to breastfeed led to the deaths of 16,000 children in the Philippines each year. Although he would not say infant formula caused these deaths, he noted that the number of Filipino infants who are exclusively breastfed until the age of five months fell to 16 percent in 2003 from 20 percent in 1998.

Omi said infant formula companies spend more than 100 million dollars a year to market their products in the Philippines and that Filipinos spend 465 million dollars annually on milk substitutes. He and other health officials said breast milk was still far healthier and more economical than infant formula which they said was often improperly prepared in non-sterile conditions.

"We need to do something about the aggressive promotion of breast milk substitutes," warned UNICEF nutrition project officer David Clark, saying there was "very little systematic monitoring and enforcement."

The officials said no company had ever been punished for violating the law restricting promotion of infant formula that was passed in 1986. They said the law did not prohibit the selling of infant formula but merely barred it from being promoted as a substitute for breast milk which is what the companies were doing, often with the help of health care professionals.

At the Supreme Court, the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines is challenging a Health Department order that would extend the ban on promoting infant formula for children up to two years old.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Firms Told To Employ Those With Aspergers Syndrome
2. Drug Firms To Produce Single Pill AIDS Treatment
3. 12 Chinese Firms Appeal Against Court Ruling On Viagra
4. Drug Firms Meet Annan, Pledge on AIDS Medicines
5. Drug Firms Competing to Produce Cheap and Effective bird flu vaccine
6. US, India Firms Develop New Cure for Black Fever
7. Chemical Firms are Secretly Paying Scientists
8. Supreme Court Seeks Replies From Cola Firms
9. A Non-profit Drug Firms Injection to Fight Kala Azar Included in WHOs Model List
10. Nexus Between Psychiatrists and Drug Firms Dangerous, Say Critics
11. Drug Firms Sue British Regulator Over Alzheimers Drugs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... PITTSBURGH, Pa. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... the dark poses a problem. Fortunately, an inventor from Austin, Texas, has identified a ... access to medication in darkness or restricted lighting. As such, it eliminates the need ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the ... national organization of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps ... provides a forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out many ... event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting kids ... of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about having ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history ... The Brink” is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and ... WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, ... therapy products, announced today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder ... pad so you get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017  According to the Centers for ... the end of October . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across ... Westchester, NY , by offering no-cost* flu shots through the ... as mandated by certain health insurance regulations. ... The best time to get a flu shot is by the ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... FLINT, Mich. , Oct. 2, 2017 ... acquired 8th Day Software and Consulting, LLC , ... 8th Day Software, based in Tennessee ... Management LLC. 8th Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for ... product development. "In ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, the combined central specialty ... pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime), today officially ... the unveiling of new signage at its headquarters in ... at a few other company-owned facilities across the country. ... some of whom will begin to see the AllianceRx ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: