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Infant Foods: Marketing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has made to the World Health Organisation on its decision that biennial reporting of controls on marketing of baby formulas and foods should end in 2026.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reforming its governance systems, including proposals to consolidate reporting requirements for numerous and often overlapping resolutions across the Organization’s broad health mandate, and to suggest an end date for reporting where one was not specified.

We support efforts by WHO to reform its governance processes, as this will make reporting on progress more efficient, strategic and impactful. In addition, this process will not prevent member states requesting further future reports and World Health Assembly agenda items on the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes beyond 2026.

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