Why I’m going to continue boycotting Nestle


by Sunny
16th September, 2008 at 8:49 am    

Thanks to Riz for sending me the link to this study published by the British Medical Journal only last week. I’ve long boycotted Nestle for their unsavoury practices in developing countries. Apparently its still going on:

Objective To investigate the use of Bear Brand coffee creamer as a food for infants and the impact on consumers of the logo of a cartoon baby bear held by its mother in the breastfeeding position.

Conclusion The Bear Brand coffee creamer is used as a breast milk substitute in Laos. The cartoon logo influences people’s perception of the product that belies the written warning “This product is not to be used as a breast milk substitute.” Use of this logo on coffee creamer is misleading to the local population and places the health of infants at risk.

There was also a report on the same product two years ago in Canada which pointed to the same issue. There has been some coverage in the Australian press but nothing in the UK. Spread the word!!


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  1. Eklavya — on 16th September, 2008 at 9:33 am  

    Sunny, why no post on the Delhi blasts?

  2. Don — on 16th September, 2008 at 10:28 am  

    Ah, Nestle. My first ever boycott and still going strong.

  3. cjcjc — on 16th September, 2008 at 3:36 pm  

    I’m afraid the dog will not be boycotting Purina Dog Chow.

    Are you still boycotting Gap?

  4. Nyrone — on 16th September, 2008 at 3:56 pm  

    Nestle have no shame. I use to shudder walking past their enormous and glitzy HQ in East Croydon years ago…

  5. Standard and Poor — on 16th September, 2008 at 4:35 pm  

    Boycotted since the 70s following their practices in the sub-continent. Giving free milk sub to new mothers in hospital so that their breastfeeding did not become established and milk dried up. When back at home they could not afford to buy enough formula so diluted it too much = starving baby. Also, no clean water to make feeds = poisoned baby. Yuk, they are vile and still at it now.

  6. persephone — on 16th September, 2008 at 11:10 pm  

    Standard & Poor @5

    Its interesting to read what Nestle state on their website about the ‘misunderstanding’ as to their promotion of infant formula in the developing world – their full spiel is on their CSR(!) webpage on
    http://www.nestle.co.uk/OurResponsibility/DevelopingWorldIssues/

    I feel an email coming on to ask their press office about this…

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