Food: Breast Milk

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for the Home Office

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to persuade relevant United Kingdom companies to comply with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly resolutions.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Government Whip, Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

In 2007, the Government asked an expert group to look at the effectiveness of new provisions in the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007. These set tighter controls on the marketing and advertising of these products in line with the principles and aims of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

The expert group has engaged with a wide range of relevant interests, including United Kingdom companies providing breast milk substitutes. We expect the expert group to report shortly on its findings.

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