Email update : 3 December 2011
A message from Emma Thomspon
Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter, writes:
"Baby Milk Action is incredibly effective for a small organisation and needs all the help it can get for its work to continue... Can you make a donation right now, even if just £1.00? A small amount may not seem worth the bother - but please do bother."
(Photo: Clive Coote)
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Baby Milk Action membership for Christmas
Here is how it works.
Pay for a year's membership for your friend and we will send a gift card announcing the present. Just let us know whether you want us to send it to you or to your friend.
Then in the new year we will send a membership pack directly to your friend.
Order online by clicking here or follow the membership link at:
Download purchase order form for Infant Formula Explained DVD
There was a great deal of interest in the Infant Formula Explained DVD at the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Conference in Liverpool last week.
While some people purchased the DVD and licence on the day, many said they would have to raise a purchase order. To help with this process, we have created a purchase order form with the key details. This can either be sent to us and we will send the DVDs to your institution with an invoice, or it can be used to provide the required information to your purchasing department.
You can download the form from our online ordering page:
Baby Milk Action produced the DVD with MarkIt TV on behalf of the Baby Feeding Law Group (BFLG), which consists of the main UK health worker organisations and mother support groups.
The DVD contains a film for health workers and a film for use with parents and carers intending to use formula. The DVD provides objective information and investigates some of the claims companies make about their products. It also shows how to make up powdered formula in line with World Health Organisation and Department of Health recommendations to reduce the risks of possible contamination with harmful bacteria.
The DVD is suitable for use in UNICEF Baby Friendly accredited facilities.
The food industry attempts to break down trade rules to profit from the poor
The baby food industry was out in forceat a meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in November in Frankfurt to promote its business interests. Codex is an international body sets food standards.
At the meeting, 40% of the 268 delegates were food industry, with 59 attending as members of Business Interest NGOs (BINGOS) and 49 included on government delegations – some even heading these delegations.
Baby Milk Action's Policy Director, Patti Rundall, was also there with colleagues from the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) to call for World Health Assembly baby food marketing requirements to be respected and for infant and children's health to come before company profits. See Patti's Policy Blog for further details:
The agenda included so-called functional children's foods. These are being promoted as a way to tackle malnutrition. See our press release for further details:
The Business of malnutrition: breaking down trade rules to profit from the poor.
Although these discussions may sometimes seem obscure, the decisions have an impact on many millions of babies.
Patti was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II in the millenium honours with an OBE for "services to infant nutrition" for her tireless work on behalf of mothers and babies.
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