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BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1475

Baby milk advertising is a case in point

  1. Nicholas Banatvala,
  2. Patti Rundall
  1. Senior registrar in public health medicine, East London and the City Health Authority, London E3 2AN
  2. International coordinator Baby Milk Action, Cambridge CB2 3AX

    EDITOR,—The government's recent decision not to ban advertising of infant formula milk products emphasises Martin McKee and Tim Lang's concern that public health policies may fall prey to interests of government and industry.1

    Throughout the formation of the two European directives and draft proposals, the British government advocated that such advertising be restricted to professional and scientific journals alone. Last year, the decision to adopt a law allowing baby milks to be advertised in hospital in effect enables expansion of the baby …

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