US in the minority of countries with no legal WHO Code provisions

The United States is one of a minority of countries with no legal provisions in place to protect the WHO Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes, according to 2016 report released by The World Health Organization, UNICEF, and International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN). Global sales of product now are $44.8 billion US dollars, on track to nearly double (to $70.6 billion) by 2019.Code Implementation 2016 135 countries now have some legal provisions in place to enforce the code out of over 190 countries. up from 103 countries in 2011.   See a summary of the report or the full report. The report states, “Aggressive and inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes, and other food products that compete with breastfeeding, continues to undermine efforts to improve breastfeeding rates.”

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