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Royal college is urged to drop infant formula sponsorship

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 22 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l342
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has been urged to drop all sponsorship by infant formula manufacturers from its upcoming Middle East and North Africa conference, after an outcry from doctors and campaigners.

The conference, being held in Cairo on 29 January, is described by the college as “a platform for academia, industry, civil society organisations, entrepreneurs and the private sector . . . to generate better child health outcomes.”1 Listed sponsors of the event include the breastmilk substitute manufacturers Abbott Nutrition, Nutricia, Danone, and Nestlé.

In a letter to Russell Viner, president of the college, 12 charities and advocacy groups and 84 …

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