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Indian paediatricians call on government to curb baby food industry efforts to influence doctors

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 04 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5133
  1. BMJ India Correspondent

A network of doctors and public health specialists in India has sought government intervention to curb what it says are efforts by baby food manufacturers to nudge paediatricians into promoting supplements to young children.

The non-government Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) last week asked the health ministry to ensure “effective implementation” of the country’s 26 year old Infant Milk Substitutes Act that bans the promotion of manufactured baby foods for children under the age of two.

The BPNI, in its letter to the health ministry, said India needs to “beat market forces that undermine breastfeeding” and urged the government …

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