Consensus Reached On WHO Infant Formula Guidance; Advocates Fear Lukewarm Acceptance By Some Governments

Reuters: WHO guidance on infant milk formulas gets lukewarm backing
“National health officials stopped short on Friday of fully endorsing World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to end the aggressive marketing of breast milk substitutes and baby foods for newborn and older infants. Activists said the consensus, hammered out in negotiations chaired by Ecuador, overcame resistance by dairy producers led by the United States, European Union, and New Zealand. But they said they feared that national health authorities will not feel obliged to implement the recommendations because the compromise language fell short of calling for applying the WHO guidelines clearly favoring breastfeeding for infants…” (Nebehay, 5/27).