Monday

Action to protect infant health - events coming up in May

Here is a round up of news and coming action, covering:

* Our new UK monitoring report: Hard Sell Formula 2009.

* Gather signatures for the ONE MILLION CAMPAIGN ready for the World Health Assembly in May 2009.

* Demonstration at Nestle (UK) HQ, Croydon, 16 May 2009.

Our new UK monitoring report: Hard Sell Formula 2009.

Thank you to everyone in the UK who has provided monitoring evidence to the project we run on behalf of the Baby Feeding Law Group. This evidence goes into reports sent to the UK enforcement authorities and the government panel reviewing the law. Past reports have profiled the main companies. The March 2009 follows an alternative approach, giving an overview of marketing strategies.



The strategies covered are:
  • START before they are born...
  • PUSH in supermarkets...
  • IDEALISE products...
  • OFFER gifts...
  • ADVERTISE...
  • CO-OPT health workers...
The report can be downloaded free of charge. Printed copies can be purchased, which helps to fund the project. See:
http://www.babymilkaction.org/shop/publications01.html#bflgreports


Gather signatures for the ONE MILLION CAMPAIGN ready for the World Health Assembly in May 2009.

The World Health Assembly in May will be examining various health issues and members from the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) from several countries will attend to inform policy makers about the latest concerns regarding infant feeding. The practices exposed in our monitoring report and those of other groups around the world show the need for action to strengthen and enforce marketing standards.

To help gain policy makers' attention, people are signing a petition calling for action to protect breastfeeding. If you haven't signed already, you can do so at:
http://www.onemillioncampaign.org/en/Details_Petitions.aspx

If you have a blog or website, why not add the logo shown on this blog?

For other ways to promote the campaign see the Facebook group at:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=50360141389


Demonstration at Nestle (UK) HQ, Croydon, 16 May 2009.

The annual demonstration at Nestle (UK) HQ will take place from 11:00 - 12:00 on Saturday 16 May 2009.

If you can't make it to Croydon, why not hold a demonstration at another site linked to Nestle, such as a factory, a Body Shop outlet (part-owned by Nestle) or shops selling Nestle goods?

You can find information and resources at:
http://www.babymilkaction.org/action/demo09.html

Also see the boycott section of our online Virtual Shop for useful materials:
http://www.babymilkaction.org/shop/boycott.html

You can also support the online virtual demonstration, by signing up on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=59171734370

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