Nestlé is courting controversy with plans to launch its Nan HA hypo-allergenic baby milk in the UK. The product is sold in various European markets, but has not yet made a UK appearance.
A Nestlé spokeswoman says some Nan HA has been supplied to consumers who have specifically requested it, but that Nestlé has decided to make the product available through independent pharmacies.
The move has been attacked by Baby Milk Action, which has been leading the long-running Nestlé boycott over the marketing of baby-milk products in the Third World.
Patti Rundall OBE, policy director of Baby Milk Action, says: “I’m against any health claims on any breast milk substitutes. The EU should not allow this product to be sold.”
Rundall also attacked a Nestlé donation of Sfr3m (&£1.3m) to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ anti-AIDS educational programme, Africa Health Initiative 2010 as “a cynical attempt on Nestlé’s part” to buy goodwill and to market its baby-milk products.