On October 19th, 2012, Reuters published a special report titled: “Food, beverage industry pays for seat at health-policy table”. They discovered that the World Health Organization’s(WHO) regional office, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), had turned to the food and drink industry to help them fight obesity, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). These companies are the same ones whose products are causing the rising rates in health problems around the world. The PAHO received hundreds of thousands of dollars from these companies, including $150,000 from Nestlé.
Breastfeeding advocates and moms are furious with the PAHO for taking money, because they are now violating the WHO Code. It is a conflict of interest to accept money from the food and drink industry and Nestlé has a long history of unscrupulous practices resulting in health issues and deaths around the world.
Over the last few days, breastfeeding advocates and moms have taken to Twitter to show their displeasure over this partnership. They have put pressure on the WHO to do something about their regional office’s violation of the code.
Friends of the WHO Code, a Facebook group dedicated to protecting the WHO Code, has put out a press release, including background information: Outrage sparks Twitter battle between UN health watchdogs WHO, PAHO
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