NAFDAC, Others Seek Compliance to Code of Marketing Breast Milk Substitutes

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has called on the government and other stakeholders to enforce strict compliance on the code of marketing of breast milk substitutes.

The code was adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 1981 as a global health public strategy to protect breastfeeding from aggressive promotional campaigns by milk formula manufacturers.

The Code recommends restrictions on the marketing of breast milk substitutes, such as infant formula, to ensure that mothers are not discouraged from breastfeeding and that substitutes are used safely if needed, as law to ensure compliance of the Code in Nigeria mandates the agency.

Speaking on Wednesday at a one-day workshop with the media on “Compliance with the Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitute”, organized by NAFDAC in collaboration with Alive and Thrive/FHI 360, the Deputy Director, Food System and Applied Nutrition, NAFDAC, Abdulsalam Ozigis, said the implementation of the code is to protect, promote, support breast feeding and health care givers from aggressive marketing of Breast Milk Substitute (BMS) by infant food manufacturer.

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