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Baby Milk Action

Email update : 8 October 2011

Get ready for International Nestlé-Free Week:

31 October - 6 November 2011

PLUS: Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, removed a prohibited infant formula promotion this week thanks to our monitoring project - we need your help for this work to continue.

New resources for promoting the boycott

It is the build up to International Nestlé-Free Week, which begins on 31 October.

This is a time for people who boycott Nestlé over the way it pushes baby milk to do more to promote the boycott - and for those who don't boycott to give it a go.

The main target of the boycott is Nescafé coffee. If you only boycott Nescafé, try giving all Nestlé products a miss for the Nestlé-Free Week.

isite boycott list

If you don't boycott because you don't want to miss out on a Nestlé brand, try it for a week at least.

To increase the impact, tell your friends and colleagues you are boycotting - and tell Nestlé.

The week includes Halloween on 31 October. If it is the custom to hand out confectionery during Halloween where you are, this increases the opportunities for explaining why you will be avoiding Nestlé products.

To help you spread the word we will be unveiling new resources over the next few weeks.

You can follow developments and plan how you will be spreading the word by visiting our Nestlé-Free Week page at:

We'll also keep you informed through these email alerts - if you didn't recieve this alert directly, follow the instructions on the right to subscribe.

It is poignant that the first new campaign tool we are unveiling is an iPod-style Nestlé boycott list, which can be accessed via smart phones. Sadly, Steve Jobs, who brought the world the iPod and Iphone, died this week.

If you have a smart phone, please try accessing our isite and let us know if you useful you find it:

Nestlé breaking the rules in Armenia

We have received a report about baby food marketing practices in Armenia. Our partners are asking for help with stopping violations there as they campaign for a stronger law.

You helped us stop Nestlé advertising infant formula on television, buses and trams when the company first arrived in the country in the 1990s.

Now please help us to stop it distributing free formula samples to health workers, promoting formula with nutrition and health claims and labelling cereals for use from too young an age.


Photo competition

Baby Milk Action is launching a photo competition.

We are looking for pictures of mothers, fathers and families with babies holding written or printed messages for politicians saying things like: "Don't forget us". "Health before profits". "Protect our babies". You can come up with your own messages - and they can be in any language (the more the better, just be sure to send us a translation with your photo!).

For further information on prizes and how we plan to use the photos, see the Nestlé-Free Week page.

We need your help

With the financial crisis and people feeling the squeeze, our income is down and staff hours may have to be reduced further - our handful of staff (four) are all already on part-time contracts.

We need your help, for both our international work and the monitoring we do in the UK.

With your help we are making a real difference. This week we persuaded Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, to stop pushing infant formula with price reductions and in-store promotions.

If you would like to see this work continue, can you send us a donation or become a member, if you are not already? You can select where you want your donation to be used. See:

If you are feeling the squeeze yourself, you can help in other ways.

For example, has Tesco really removed the promotions from its stores as it has promised? You are our eyes and ears - complete a monitoring form by clicking here.

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