European Union may relax rules on marketing baby milk

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 11 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1121
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Health organisations fear that negotiations now taking place to update European Union legislation on infant formula could dilute existing restrictions on the health and nutritional claims companies may make for their products.

    They are also pressing the EU to incorporate fully into European legislation the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent resolutions which EU countries have supported at various World Health Assemblies.

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    The final decision on the marketing of infant formula lies with a committee of civil servants from EU countries

    Credit: MARTIN LEE/REX

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