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Campaigners for breast feeding claim partial victory

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7280.191 (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:191
  1. Phyllida Brown
  1. Exeter

    Campaigners for breast feeding claimed a partial victory this week when the World Health Organization's executive board (its governing body), approved a resolution urging governments to tighten their controls on the marketing tactics of the manufacturers of baby milk.

    The resolution, whose seemingly mild wording was agreed after hours of fierce debate at the annual board meeting in Geneva, will become official WHO policy if the organisation's member states adopt it at the next World Health Assembly in May.

    Campaigners had feared that the vote might be postponed until 2002 (BMJ 2000;321:591). The International Baby Food Action Network had argued that any delay would open the door to more aggressive labelling and marketing of infant foods …

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