Publisher: Infact Contact, Victoria, Canada
Periodical profile published 1980
Year Published: 1980
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX2026
Abstract: Infact Contact is the first issue of a newsletter published by Infact Canada. The aim of the newsletter is to keep contact with Canadians who are concerned with the infant formula controversy. This edition of the newsletter presents a history of this controversy, some of the issues raised, and the reasons behind the Nestle boycott. Infact Canada also has a "starter kit" available for those who wish to begin an Infact group in their own area.
The infant formular controversy began, according to the newsletter, in the 1970's with the publication of Derrick B. Jellife's article Commerciogenic Malnutrition. This was followed by the publication of the War on Want article, The Baby Killer in 1974. This article singles out Nestle's and their advertising and promotional practices. The Infant Formula Action Coalition (INFACT) formed in 1974 spelled out their boycott demands. The main criticisms leveled at Nestle's concern the promotion of artificial feeding of infants in Third World countries because of lack of sterilization techniques, lack of good water and various other reasons.
Boycott endorsements have been received from many Canadian churches, dioceses, university organizations and individuals. The boycott is against Nestle's and all Nestle products such as Nescafe, Libby, Nestea, Taster's Choice, cherry Hill, Souptime, Beech-Nut Foods.