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Paediatricians question Nestle's donation

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 25 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1661
  1. C Court

    A charitable donation of pounds sterling 140 000 made by the infant formula milk producer Nestle to the British Paediatric Association (BPA) has caused concern among members of the association, who say that they should have been consulted first.

    The donation was for pounds sterling 35 000 each year for four years starting on 1 July last year. The second donation is thus due to be accepted by the BPA next week. But members are unhappy that the original offer was accepted without discussion in any BPA council meeting.

    Since 1991 the General Synod of the Church of England has endorsed a boycott of Nestle products because of its concern about what it sees as the company's aggressive marketing of baby milk powder in developing countries.

    Lobby groups claim the Nestle has consistently broken the World Health Organisation's (WHO) international code on the marketing of breast milk substitutes. Although there has been more recent evidence of an improvement in the company's approach in Britain, members of the BPA believe that in the light of this …

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