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 action they are taking to ensure that European directives are compliant 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 put in place the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007, which sets tighter controls on the marketing and advertising of these products and implements European Commission Directive 2006/141/EC. This directive gives effect to the principles and aims of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

The Government also set up an independent review of the effectiveness of the revised measures on the way infant formula and follow-on formula are advertised and presented. We are awaiting the final report of this review.

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