A ‘Contribution’ by the West to the Struggle against Hunger: The Nestlé Affair

Antonio Cassese

in The Human Dimension of International Law

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199232918
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696572 | DOI:
A ‘Contribution’ by the West to the Struggle against Hunger: The Nestlé Affair

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This chapter begins with an overview of the study, The Baby Killer published by British charity, War on Want, which examined the pernicious effects produced in the Third World by the promotion and sale of powdered milk for infants. In brief it asserted that the increasingly widespread distribution of powdered milk, encouraged and organized by large food industries in the West, was producing devastating effects. The chapter then turns to the case brought in Switzerland by Nestlé, one of the multinationals mentioned in the study. A group of individuals concerned with Third World issues, the ‘Swiss Working Groups for Development Policy’ translated a pamphlet on instructions for bottle feeding from English to German, entitling it Nestlé tötes Babies (‘Nestlé Kills Babies’). Nestlé then sued the ‘Working Groups’ for defamation.

Keywords: bottle feeding; powdered milk; hunger; Third World; Switzerland; Nestlé

Chapter.  6737 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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